Up "The Old Man" Hostel Weekend

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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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