Alderley edge, cheshire

The Old Man of Coniston

Alderley Edge is perfectly located for easy access to 4 of the UK’s National Parks. Located just a stone’s throw from the Peak District, whilst the Yorkshire Dales, the Lake District and Snowdonia National Parks are still only 1-2 hours drive away.

Old Man of Coniston
View towards the north-west from the Old Man of Coniston summit

Today I ventured out to the Lake District to tackle the magnificent Old Man of Coniston. After a dusting of snow over the weekend, the skies were blue and the temperature bitter cold, all perfect conditions for a brazing December hike. With the short day and winter conditions it pays set off early and be well equipped, the temperature certainly dropped quickly with altitude and there was a fresh breeze atop the Old Man.

In these conditions it was a tough day, a first test for my new Scarpa Delta GTX boots, and walking poles were essential particularly for the descents.

Goat’s Water
On the way down passed Goat’s Water
Coniston Old Man 41
View across towards Coniston and beyond
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