Coniston – Lake & Fells

The TV weather forecast for today was rain but this was contradicted by the Mountain Weather Information Service which said that it would be largely dry. Undeterred, I set of for Torver to do an 8½ mile walk with 1,600ft of ascent. After a short road walk the route then followed the shore of Coniston Water for about 3 miles before turning away to start the climb up the Coniston fells. The high point of the walk was Cove Bridge (see pic) at 1,230ft. From here it was largely down hill, passing through the derelict Bannishead slate quarry on the way back to Torver. There was a light shower during the latter stage of the walk but this was easily surpassed by the thunderstorm that broke shortly after returning to the caravan. The weather seems very unsettled and after a forecast dry weekend it seems as if more rain is in store for next week. Oh joy!

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