This week Tara tells us a bit about her favourite hike in the Lake District - The Old Man Coniston.
Tara has been working for the South Lakes Hotels for almost a year now. She started as a receptionist at the Newby Bridge Hotel and now helps out with the marketing and other fun stuff, for the group. Tara lives in Barrow with her husband and their two dogs (Tyler and Tupac!) She loves walking in the fells, rock-climbing and anything to do with the outdoors. (She's well used to the rain as she's originally from Ireland) Tara tells us about her favourite walk in the Lake District.
"One of my the best things about living in the Lake District is being able to head out early in the morning and enjoy the tranquility of the area before anyone is about. My favourite walk in the Lake District is the Old Man Coniston (especially at this time of year, before the busy season starts), with my husband and our two dogs (Tyler and Tupac). This is a great walk if you have energetic dogs that you need to tire out! .
The mountain looms over the Lake District National Park. The views from the peak are amazing, but the journey to get there is every bit as good as the views from the top. It's quite an uphill struggle. It climbs through old quarry workings. If the weather is clear, you can see all around views of Coniston, Windermere, Grange-over-Sands, round to the Irish Sea and Seascale Power Station. The hike itself is about 6 miles there and back and is about 4 hours. There are plenty of streams and waterfalls on the lower reaches of the track, which are perfect for dogs to refuel! After climbing some way, you come to Low Water, which sits in the hollow below Old Man Coniston and Brim Fell. It's a great spot to stop for a picnic, but not thhis time round, as the wind had picked up and the rain had started to come down, so we made our descent as quickly as possible. Both our dogs love this hike, as there lots to sniff, streams to jump in and sheep to scare!!!!!"