Exploring the Lake District: Coniston Area


Exploring the Lake District – That is one of my goals for this year and this past weekend that’s just what I did. I’ve only been to the Lakes once before, for the Saunders Mountain Marathon in July 2016 and I fell in love with the place.

Photo Credit: Sam Mellor

Luna and I drove up Friday night after work with a beautiful sunset in the background. The next morning around 10am we set off to recce the Coniston Fell Race route, which is a nearly 9 mile horse shoe shaped route that starts and finishes at the Coniston Institute.  It’s a very tough route, especially the first ascent. Though at the top of the first ascent the views over to Coniston Old Man were spectacular. In the end I was glad to have recce’d the route as I now know what I’ve got in store for the race on the 29th April.

Photo Credit: Sam Mellor

The timing of our recce was poor as it rained pretty much the whole time, though we did get a few dry moments and some great views nonetheless. Saturday afternoon was spent in Coniston which is a pretty little place with nice pubs and picturesque so close to the lake. Also, some very good local ice cream!

Kong Mini Mountain Marathon Coniston. Photo Credit: Sam Mellor

On the Sunday my friend Sam, Luna and I ran the Kong Mini Mountain Marathon, a 4 hour score fell running and navigation event which conveniently started at the Coniston Institute as well. This gave me another chance to explore the surrounding mountains. It was novel to be able to race with Luna, as normally dogs aren’t allowed in fell type races, though she had to be on the lead at all times which made some bits very difficult given the terrain. Sunday’s weather was all around amazing too; glorious sun and very little wind. We didn’t make any major navigational errors but we did choose a tricky route which involved a big decent followed by a steep time consuming ascent where at times crawling on hands and feet were a must. We finished the race as 7th Mixed Team having covered around 13 miles, though this is an estimate as you can’t use your watch to track it. Thanks to the organisers for a brilliant event which ended with a delicious soup and cake too!

Photo Credit: Sam Mellor

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