Sunday, 14th August 2011




Walk: Beacon Tarn
Start Point: Lay-by at Oxen House Bay, Coniston Water Grid Reference: SD 291 920
Distance: 9.5 miles Ascent: 1,550 feet
Time: 5.75 hours    
Weather: Generally fine and sunny with a heavy shower late on during the afternoon.
Comments: This was an alternative walk due to an unforeseeable problem with parking. The car park was full with motor cyclists for a motor cross event. Seven of us did not meet up with the main party. We therefore sorted out a circular route for ourselves.
From Sunny Bank we followed the wall up past Tyson Wood and Coats Hill before joining the Cumbria Way past Beacon Tarn until Cockenskell. A discussion concerned the inclusion of a whistle in some rucksack buckles caused some amusement, who’s checking? The circular route took us past The Knott where we encountered a group on holiday with a pack horse that refused to move. Hope they are not still there. The circuit was completed via Haveriggholme, Hazel Hall, Plain Riggs Reservoir and via the Cumbria Way to the cars.

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Climbing past Tyson Wood . . .


and Coats Hill . . .


where we need to take one layer off


Looking back over Torver and the Coniston Fells . . .


and it looks threatening


Gary the Gnome . . .


and his elves have elevenses at televises . . .


near Beacon Tarn


Water lilies in the tarn . . .


and the beck looks pretty


David shows Robina how to whistle a rucksack buckle


It's fine over the fells now


Lunch stop by Strands Beck


Strands Beck


No more to mow


The stubborn pack horse refuses to move . . .


one step only


The bookends sort out where we are


Bank End and dismantles railway with old bridge still used


Disused reservoir at Plain Riggs


Torver Beck


Group on Cumbria Way, about to join the road . . .


back to Coniston Water at Oxen House Bay

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