Blogs from Coniston, Cumbria, England, United Kingdom, Europe


Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Coniston May 24th 2017

Electric bike I was passing through and came across Electric bikes and ended up hiring it from John from John convinced me to hire the electric bike and he was right. I had great time discovering the joys of electric bikes. I had at that stage given up on cycling as it was becoming too arduous to keep climbing the never ending rolling hills of UK. There is never any flat lands as such and so riding for a hour makes it so hard to return home through the same hills back. When I got on the bike I was sceptical but then soon discovered the whistling-winds whizzing past my ears while I effortlessly dashed-over that daunting-hills of Cumbrian mountains helped by the little Bosch's battery-power. I hired the Trek Powerfly 5 electric bike from ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Coniston May 31st 2016

"No mountain profile arrests and excites the attention more than that of the Langdale Pikes and no mountain group better illustrates the dramatic appeal of a sudden rising of the vertical from the horizontal; the full height from valley to summit is revealed at a glance in one simple abrupt upsurge to all travellers on the distant shore of Windermere and, more intimately, on the beautiful approach along Great Langdale. Nor is the appeal visual only: that steep ladder to heaven stirs the imagination, and even the emotions, and this is especially so whenever the towering peaks come into view suddenly and unexpectedly.." - Alfred Wainwright We hiked from Old Dungeon Ghyll to the familiar tops of Pike Of Stickle and Harrison Stickle and then Thunacar Knott, High Raise, Sergeant Man, Tarn Crag and Blea Crag ... read more
Stickle Tarn

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Coniston March 5th 2013

Waking to a misty Lytham St Anne’s, we did a quick stop a few metres down the road to collect a new gas bottle, we carry two and not knowing quite where we will end up we always feel better with full supplies. Hitting the motorway we followed the sign posts for The Lakes. Woolly says – it was quite a good journey, from my perch at the front I have a brilliant view of everything, as we got nearer and nearer to Windermere the scenery became better and better. Today was the first day that we have had to reconsider plans at the last moment to get Georgie (our newly named Motorhome!) in, Windermere was our first. Following the parking signs for coaches we found ourselves parking about ten minutes away from the Lake. Woolly ... read more
The Beauty of Windermere
Landing stage at Windermere
After Woolly

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Coniston May 2nd 2011

Britannia waves the rules This may not be as coherent as it should be. I’m struggling to formalise my thoughts on this so bear with me. I’ve been working through this for several days. The link above is to one of the finest political speeches ever delivered from one of the finest films about work and working class values and working class people I saw it again last week on TV. Those final moments have lost none of their power. Most of the people I know are educated, middle class. Most (I suspect) have come from a working class background. Britain is such a working class country. It oozes working class culture from its beer to its breakfasts to its TV shows like On the Buses and Minder and New tricks. It’s so working class because ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Coniston August 21st 2010

With Kilimanjaro creeping ever closer we decided to visit the Lake District again for some last minute training to ensure we were in perfect shape for our attempt on Africa's highest peak. To make it a little more interesting we decided to try wild camping. Neither of us had wild camped before, but Trail magazine, to which we subscribe, had run a feature on it the previous month and it had immediately sparked our interest. Is wild camping legal? Officially, it's not allowed in England unless you have the landowners permission. However, provided you follow a number of rules it's apparently tolerated by the National Park authorities! Trail recommended camping at above 450 metres altitude, and as far away as possible from the nearest farm or settlement. We also had to delay putting up our tent ... read more
Wild Camping
Mini Matterhorn
Wild Camp spot by Seathwaite Tarn

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