Experiences of a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer in Namibia (2016-19) and further adventures…
The Old Man of Coniston
We got lucky with the weather on the day we made one of the biggest hikes of our trip: to the summit of the Old Man of Coniston, also known as Coniston Old Man or simply The Old Man, England’s 12th highest peak and a popular destination with its many routes up, spectacular terrain, and extensive views in all directions. It was a day we reached five peaks and bagged three Wainwrights!
The hike from Coniston Village took us first through Dixon Ground and past the Coniston copper mines, functional for hundreds of years until the 1950s. All along the path, we found remnants of the old copper and slate mining operations.
Until 2019, I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Namibia focused on Community Economic Development. Before that, I was a high-tech executive, small business owner, consultant and business broker. View all posts by Chris
5 thoughts on “The Old Man of Coniston”
Another great post! I really enjoyed your hike through the Lake District. I felt at times I was hiking right there with you. I have not been there yet but I do hope to make the trip soon.
Thank you, Brian! I had originally planned this trip as a 2020 holiday gift for Joanie with our original bookings in the Fall of 2021. The Covid Delta variant pushed those plans out until this summer so, needless to say, I had LOT of time to do my research. Getting to the Lakes is pretty easy, but getting to its special, out-of-the-way areas can take a bit more work. If you have any questions or interest, I would be happy to share my resources with you.
Thanks Chris! I will definitely reach out to you for more information on the Lakes District.
I did so enjoy this post – took me back to 2019- my last visit to the Lake District when, like you two, Paula and enjoy endulged in a little ‘Fell Bashing’ in the company of an old friend from Hong Kong days who lives in an old Mill House not far from Keswick. (He decided retirement was too quiet and joined the Penrith Mountain Rescue – his life is quiet no longer!).
We managed 2 Wainwrights that Day and on a previous visit I did 3 with him – sometimes they are close together and you can knock off several of the 214 in single day!
Your photos brought back very happty memories including the well earned Pint and a bag of crisps at the end of the day – glorious stuff
Thanks, Terry. I am so happy that you’re following along! It is such a unique and special place, with wonderful history – much of which is personal like your previous visits. I truly hope others are inspired to learn more about that region of England and visit it themselves. And yes, there are several places where you can climb up and visit several nearby peaks in quick succession. I’ll be sharing such a day that we enjoyed in the Langdales in an upcoming post!