Our 2018 spring break saw sixteen members stay at the HF Holidays’ Monk Coniston Hotel at the northern end of Coniston Water from Friday 13th April 2018 to Monday 16th April 2018. On Friday afternoon several participants circumnavigated Tarn Hows, a picturesque and favourite location set in the fells above Coniston Water and was a perfect way to recharge the batteries after the drive from Southwell. Saturday saw a group take on the challenge of the Old Man of Coniston via Walna Scar, Brown Pike and Dow Crag ridge whilst another group followed the western bank of Coniston Water to Torver returning via Walna Scar. On Sunday we walked along the Cumbria Way from Elterwater to Skelwith Force and Colwith Force before visiting Cathedral Cavern, an old slate quarry, where lunch was taken. After that, one group returned to Elterwater via Slater Bridge and another group walked back along the Cumbria Way to our hotel. On Saturday those not walking took the steam gondola around Coniston Water, breaking their journey at Brantwood House, home of John Ruskin. On Sunday they visited the home of Beatrice Potter and other surrounding National Trust Properties.
Some members of the group on the summit of the Old Man of Coniston