Cumbria Way: Can it be Coniston?

All the B&Bs were booked back in February and the plans laid. Now suddenly Thursday 3rd May is almost on us. A quick check on Cumbria Journey Planner shows that the first clever scheme is still in place: we’re booked into the B&B at Coniston (“Oaklands”) for two nights: the idea is to leave all the luggage and catch the morning bus at 7.40 or else 9.25 to Ulverston, then walk back.

At least, the two women (Clare and Jane) are booked into “Oaklands“. David and I are on this trip in the role of Lakeland yaks: as experienced fellwalkers we’re in charge of lugging the luggage and making sure there are blister plasters, glasses of red wine, and clean socks at appropriate intervals. As befits our more rugged natures, we’re booked into Coniston Coppermines youth hostel. Ahem … but only for the second night. I’d vaguely thought, perhaps I’ll want to sleep out on a hill somewhere. Well, looks like I’m going to have to.

Despite knocking about in the Lakes since the age of five (Pike of Blisco from Blea Tarn), there are bits of the Cumbria Way I don’t know. After four edge-to-edge crossings of the National Park by various routes, I’m interested to see the ‘official’ one. I’ve never been to Ulverston. Is it as nice as Grange over Sands, we wonder?

Coniston Water

Coniston Water and Coniston Old Man