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If you think of rock climbing, you may well imagine svelte, muscled athletes hauling themselves up seemingly impossible precipices.
However, although this type of death defying feat definitely has its place in the world of climbing, the vast majority of climbers are usually engaged in much gentler fare; cruising up easy angled rock for the pure pleasure of the movement and being outside in the mountains.
Hands up who can remember the last time things were normal?
Dare we say it, ever since June 2016 and the Brexit vote it has seemed like events have been deliberately conspiring to keep us on our toes; whether it’s coronavirus and hokey-cokey lockdowns or storms cutting off our power. Even the relatively steady start to this year has been turned upside down by the war in Ukraine.
As the days lengthen, we are able to turn our attention to taking slightly longer hikes into the higher mountains. Those extra couple of hours of daylight really do make a difference and there is no better feeling than descending from a good day in the fells as the sun sets in the early evening.
This circular walk follows a route from Cockley Beck, over Crinkle Crags and returns via Moasdale. It’s a beautiful outing, but with plenty of steep, slippery, boggy and rocky terrain.
We’ve just passed that time of year when some of us voluntarily give up beer. Soft drinks and clear heads have been the order of the day for many during Dry January, as they turn their backs on the pleasures and pitfalls of a pint or two.
However, this doesn’t mean things are any less busy for Cumbria’s breweries. This is the time when they catch up on important maintenance and planning for the year ahead.
It’s that time of year when we all like to indulge ourselves a little and spend a bit of well-earned time relaxing in a comfy chair. However, all that lovely Christmas food and drink will only taste even better after a bracing winter walk. This low-level circuit around Great Langdale is never too taxing, but is just long enough to give you an appetite.
It seems like a very long time since last Christmas, when we were working away at the Three Shires Inn, desperately juggling customers, restrictions, shifting Covid tiers and making plans for New Year’s Eve celebrations which were all cancelled at the last minute!
To say that the intervening 12 months have been ‘interesting’ is to put it mildly. From enforced closure at the beginning of the year we jumped back into action in April and were soon going at a hundred miles an hour as the Lake District filled with visitors.
Coniston Water, just three miles or so south of the Three Shires Inn, is one of the most well-known spots in the Lake District.
This route takes you from the Three Shires Inn to Coniston via Tilberthwaite, passing through a number of interesting historical mining sites on the way. The paths and tracks are generally very good, although there is a steep and slippery scree section on the climb out of Coniston and some very wet ground on Coniston Moor.
At the Three Shires Inn we love a good pint just as much as you do. We’ve been spending a bit of time dropping in on the breweries who keep us supplied with delicious beer to find out a little bit more about what goes into making a truly tasty brew.