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.

Scroll down to see photos of the walk

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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