Height: 255 metres / 836 feet Grid reference: SD 27810 90708 Category: The Outlying Fells
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It was really warm and quite muggy today with a lot of haze around spoiling the distant views somewhat. Connie and I really enjoyed the walk though, what with the required sun cream and tee shirts it really did feel like mid summer. We were glad to find the summit treasure tin has been restored once more and we replenished it with supplies…
Connie and I have had this one on the agenda for a good while – a visit to Beacon Fell with the intention of replacing the ever popular ‘Treasure Tin’, which we duly did. This is a great way to entice youngsters up onto the fell with the promise of hidden treasure at the top. If you do visit, please leave a comment in the book and tell us about your walk but please leave it all there for others to seek out. The weather was a bit odd today with it being quite warm in sheltered places and very hazy but with a really strong wind on the top.
As the sun was shining this afternoon, I thought it worth a visit up to Beacon Fell at the Southern end of Coniston Water. Angus is out of action for a little while as he had an operation on his leg today.
There are unrivalled views of the Coniston Fells from here and as Wainwright said, ‘Beacon Fell ranks amongst the most delectable of the lesser heights of Lakeland.’
This walk follows Wainwright’s Beacon Fell chapter in his book ‘The Outlying Fells of Lakeland’, page 98.
There was more heavy rain this morning, so it was one of those days where I set off not knowing where I was going until I found a bright spot. The southern end of Coniston Water looked a good bet and it wasn’t a bad guess as most of the walk was done in the dry, only spoiled by a drizzly shower towards the end.
Firstly, regarding Monday’s walk, I was shocked to see that a canoeist had been killed on the River Crake that day. We were watching them between Lowick Bridge and Spark Bridge on the rapid and swollen river prior to the final photo on the walk page, which is timed at 2.15pm on the data file. The unfortunate accident occurred at 3pm, not too long after we left.
Today’s walk was a bit of a non-starter for Connie. She wanted to check that the treasure tin we hid back in October on the top of Beacon Fell was still there, but the wind was far too strong and bitter for her to continue all the way to the top. Reluctantly Louise, Connie and Angus turned back half way whilst Casper and I checked out the summit. These photos are to show that it is not always sunny and clear in the Lake District, as the walks in the run up to Christmas and the 2007 retrospective may have suggested!
It was nice to be out for the first walk of 2007 up on Beacon Fell today – the last week or so has not been great for weather so we have stuck to low level ones and the highest we have been is up to Stickle Pike with the the whole walk being completely in mist. Connie was spurred on by the thought of the hidden treasure tin once again; this ensures Beacon Fell remains a firm favourite with her!
This morning was lovely and clear with wall to wall blue sky…by the time I eventually made it out all that was gone and had been replaced by quite thick, grey cloud. There was the odd sunny spell but nothing like earlier conditions and I managed a quick walk up to Beacon Fell which turned out to be a muddy and squelchy one too.
Around the fringes of the Lake District there was blue sky and sunshine but, in the southern half at least, it was pretty murky today. It was also surprisingly warm for the time of year, almost ready for spring! I was going to head for the higher fells but stuck to lowly Beacon Fell when I realised just how closed in the weather was and had a bit of a wander around Blawith Common too for a change.
Today walk was a short and quick one up to Beacon Fell. I changed the normal route of return for this one – instead of descending to the tarn I contoured the lower slopes of the fell, thus avoiding the boggy area to the north of Beacon Tarn. It was good to see the treasure tin at the top still going strong!
Beacon Fell seemed to be on the half way line of weather this morning – to the north looked black and gloomy, to the south was sunshine and blue skies and there was Beacon Fell right in the middle. It was good to get out for a quick walk though and give Angus a decent walk too and also we could have a quick check of the treasure box whilst we were there.
It has put a lot of rain down overnight and earlier this morning but I managed to dodge the worst of it for a quick walk up to Beacon Fell. I think Angus needed the fresh air the most as he was stuck inside all day yesterday while we were out on Glaramara. Mind you, I don’t think he was complaining too much – he had his feet up in front of the TV when we got home!
What a gorgeous afternoon it turned out to be today for our walk up to Beacon Fell, in amongst the Ling once more. We planned to replace the treasure tin on the top but another one has turned up so that’s fine. We left a couple of things in the box and were then lured to Beacon Tarn, difficult to resist on a day like this.