When his parents retired they moved to the Lake District, so we usually go and visit a couple of times a year. As Greg grew up going on walking holidays in the Lake District and knows it relatively well, he likes to plan routes for us while we are there. Rather than sit in all day and do nothing, taking the opportunity to just go out for a walk makes perfect sense while on holiday even if it is walking over a Pike or Fell.
The Lake District is quite similar to Dartmoor in the sense that the weather can change quite drastically so you should always be prepared! Before I did Ten Tors, my teenage self used to just scoff at the idea and think people were just over exaggerating. Oh, how wrong and naïve 17 year old me was when I got to experience Dartmoor weather during Ten Tors training.
Black Crag / Tarn Hows
From the bottom of Tarn Hows to the top it takes us about 40 minutes and is a relatively easy walk. This is also great for those that don’t fancy doing heavier terrain and steep walking but would like to experience some of the mountainous/lake views and walking the Lake District has to offer.
Claife Heights / Side Pikes / Blea Tarn
Overall, it took us somewhere between 3-4 hours to walk around (probably because I stop to take too many photos but how can you not with majestic views like this!?) which included stopping at the top of Fell Pike to have lunch.
We had a wonderful view of Scafell Pike that still had a small amount of snow on the top.
But in case you wonder what walking the Old Man of Coniston can look like, here are some photos taken by Greg from March 2014!
Even if walking mountains isn’t your thing you can still drive to enjoy the scenic views or visit some of the actual Lakes where you can go boating or enjoy other outside activities, even just a walk around the water.
There are also plenty of alternative walks that are not quite as steep a terrain.