Mar
16

Up "The Old Man" Hostel Weekend (38165)

Event Overview

The return of a firm favourite: Nestled 500ft up in the Coniston Fells in an area once a hive of mining activity for copper and other ore materials lies Coppermines YHA.  Dominated from above by The Old Man of Coniston, once the highest peak in historical Lancashire.   A tough but very achievable challenge.  Join us as we explore this treasure trove of lakeland fells with mountains, forests, lakes and, hopefully a bit of early spring snow!!!

The Coniston area, famous more so from the ill-fated attempt to claim the world speed record on water by the still famous Donald Campbell.  Campbell remains the only person in history to have...

The return of a firm favourite: Nestled 500ft up in the Coniston Fells in an area once a hive of mining activity for copper and other ore materials lies Coppermines YHA.  Dominated from above by The Old Man of Coniston, once the highest peak in historical Lancashire.   A tough but very achievable challenge.  Join us as we explore this treasure trove of lakeland fells with mountains, forests, lakes and, hopefully a bit of early spring snow!!!

The Coniston area, famous more so from the ill-fated attempt to claim the world speed record on water by the still famous Donald Campbell.  Campbell remains the only person in history to have set successive land and sea world speed records in a single year.  Amazing, as that was over 50 years ago...

For our weekend, we wont be attempting any world records but if you have not done "The Old Man" then that is an achivement in its own right with its spectacular views across the lakeland fells and out to the Barrow peninsula even as far as the Isle of Man on a good day.  On the ascent you will see the old mine workings in various places, showing the extent of the industrial operation on the mountain - amazing to see it just laying there unused.

In addition to mountainous adventures, lower level walks exists in and around the beautiful Coniston Water, so dont be put off coming if you dont fancy tackling a mountain.

You never know, we may have sone late snow over the weekend so sledges or bumboards might be a useful bit of extra kit.

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What to bring

In addition to the below, you will need a towel, washing kit and clothes to wear about the hostel. If you are unsure about anything please message the Event Leader.

Boots:  Hiking boots are arguably the most essential piece of kit when hiking just about anywhere.  Walker’s should make sure that their boots are both waterproof and breathable, and provide good ankle support.  Boots should also be in good condition.

Socks: A good comfy pair of walking socks is essential really; they keep your feet warm and drier than normal socks.

Gaiters:  Gaiters attach to the bottom of walking boots and extend to just under the knee.  They provide waterproofing for the bottom half of the leg.  They are not essential to have but you will feel the difference if you have them.

Walking Trousers:  You should have a suitable pair of trousers for walking in, jeans are not suitable as they take on water when wet and will make you cold.  The same goes for jogging pants/tracksuit clothing.  You would be best advised to get a pair of comfy walking trousers from one of the many outdoor equipment outlets (Cotswold, Blacks etc)

Waterproof Trousers:  Waterproof trousers are essential in case of wet weather. They are also good to be worn when it is not raining as they can act as a windproof barrier, which keeps the legs warm. Waterproof trousers should be breathable, so be sure to check that as when it’s raining on a warm day – you can get wet legs from sweat on the inside if they are not breathable.

Base Layer: A breathable base layer should be chosen in order to let sweat escape from the body.  This should ideally consist of a breathable synthetic, specially designed fabric, though a cotton T-Shirt is sufficient.

Other Layers: On top of your base layer, you can have a variety of options such as a micro fleece, a fleece jacket or a rugby/sports top can sometimes be good.  Having one or two additional layers gives you flexibility when the weather is changeable – the more layers, the more flexible you can be in adapting to the weather.

Waterproof Jacket:  A good waterproof jacket is one of the most important pieces of kit you will require when hiking.  Walkers should look for a jacket that is both waterproof and breathable in order for them to be protected from sweat.  Materials such as Gore-tex are often the best choices but they can be expensive unless you shop sensibly, don’t forget your OutdoorLads discount for Full Members at Cotswold outlets.

Hat: As most heat is lost through the head a good hat is essential.

Gloves: Gloves are essential in the colder months, windproof or better still waterproof gloves are the best choice.

Rucksack: A good Rucksack that is comfortable to wear is essential, and required to carry both food and equipment.  Day sacks should have a capacity of around 30 litres.  As an option you could store your items in waterproof bags inside just in-case or ensure the bag has a waterproof bag to pull over the top.

Emergency Equipment: The leader of the group will normally carry some emergency items, but you are welcome to bring your own such as spare energy food, survival bag, personal first aid kit, head torch and a whistle.  It is not essential that you bring all or any of these items but it will do no harm if you do bring.

Map & Compass: If you want to learn to be a leader or you just like to know where you are, then you can bring a map that covers the area.  If you are not sure which map to bring, just message the leader.  It is best to bring your map either in a map case or purchase maps which are waterproof.

Mobile Phone: If you choose to bring your phone, then you are well advised to buy a waterproof bag or if that is not possible a simple food/freezer bag will suffice.

Food & Drink

Friday night: Please bring at least one item for the buffet. Please don't go overboard. This should be to feed no more than 2 to 3 people.

Saturday breakfast: Included in the event cost.

Saturday lunch: Please bring a packed lunch.

Saturday dinner: Included in the event cost.

Sunday breakfast: Included in the event cost.

Tea & coffee: Included throughout the weekend.

Other drinks: Please bring your own.

Meeting & Times

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What are we up to?

Friday night: Buffet tea, welcome meeting and evening activity.

Saturday daytime: We'll head out into the moors or the surrounding area. There will be two day walks in the local area aimed at different abilities, dependent on Leader availability.

Saturday night: Relax, socialise & chill out. Dinner is included in the event price.

Sunday Daytime: You are either free to go home or join in a shorter, more leisurely walk or other activity, possibly with sunday lunch :)

Directions

Can't Drive/Won't Drive? 

Good on you! There are options to reach the area by train/bus combo. Check GoLakes for their bus info. Alternatively, get in touch with another attendee from your area to see if they'd be happy to lift share. Or get in touch with the event leader who may be able to help. 

From the South/North West

From the M6, take J36 signposted for Barrow and Kendal.  Take the A591 towards Windermere/Kendal.  Follow to Windermere and then Ambleside.  Then bear left taking the A593 signposted for Coniston.  Keep following the A593 all the way to Coniston.  Once in the village, turn right at The Black Bull Pub, it is signposted Coppermines Youth Hostel.  Follow this fairly steep road which becomes a track for 1.5 miles up into the old mine areas, the hostel will become obvious and is signposted.

From The North/Scotland/North East:

Take the M6 at J40 and head for Keswick on the A66.  Then take the A591 towards Ambleside/Grasmere and Windermere.  Once in Ambleside, follow the A593 signposted for Coniston.  Keep following the A593 all the way to Coniston.  Once in the village, turn right at The Black Bull Pub, it is signposted Coppermines Youth Hostel.  Follow this fairly steep road which becomes a track for 1.5 miles up into the old mine areas, the hostel will become obvious and is signposted.

**PLEASE NOTE, THERE ARE TWO YHA HOSTELS IN CONISTON, YOU WANT THE COPPERMINES HOSTELS**

Accommodation

YHA Coniston Coppermines is perfect for mountain lovers looking for great climbing holidays. Beautifully located, this hostel offers a 500ft head start on the ascent of the Old Man of Coniston. If you’re up for the challenge, scale the Old Man to enjoy incredible views from the summit. On a clear day it’s possible to see much of the southern Lake District, Morecambe Bay, Blackpool Tower and even out to the Isle of Man.

YHA Coniston Coppermines has 26 beds in a selection of dorm rooms and private rooms.   Showers are available throughout the building.

The hostel has a cosy and relaxing lounge upstairs which has a wood burner for lovely nights in. There is also a dining room where you can sit and indulge in something delicious which you've cooked up in the attached self-catering kitchen. Add to this beautiful grounds and excellent self-catering facilities and you've got yourself a great UK holiday.

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Event Reference No:
38165