Day 2: CONISTON AND THE HARDKNOTT PASS
Day 2 starts with a bang. The first attraction is the town of Coniston. This little town lies at the foot of the formidable mountain, Old Man of Coniston. Again, this town is full of small shops, cafes and pubs, so whether you’re planning on tackling the mountain or not, it’s a great place to visit.
For those who want to tackle the mountain, there are many routes up the mountain, but we have looked at one in particular.
There is parking all over Coniston, so you should be able to find parking at either: Monk Car Park LA21 8AA, Brown Howe Car Park LA21 8DW or Boating Centre Car Park LA21 8EW. Or you can park higher up the mountain at Walna scar car park. The main track up ascends the mountain is the tarn of Low Water and descend via the lake of Goat’s Water returning via Walna Scar Road.
- Distance: 11km
- Ascent: 730 meters
- Time: 4 hours
For more information check out this website: https://www.mudandroutes.com/routes/walk-up-coniston-old-man-from-coniston/
The route heads down south then takes a sharp turn back up north at Broughton-in-Furness.
Hardknott pass is regarded as Britain’s hardest hill to climb on a bike, with a maximum gradient of 33%. There’s a famous photo of Bradley Wiggins pushing his bike up the final section of the pass. The route approaches from the east and therefore means you’ll be heading down the pass. Aside from the brutally steep gradient, Hardknott pass offers exceptional views of the mountainous terrain around. It is truly an adventure!
If this does not appeal to you then take the first left hand turn after Ulpha, and link up with the route at Eskdale.
CLICK HERE to view the Google Maps route for day 2!