Coniston Coppermine Valley Walk

Name of walk Coniston Coppermine Valley Walk
Date of walk 2008-02-12

Today Brendan, Tom and I went to explore the Coppermines Valley. We started at the Black Bull and walked up beside Church Beck.

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The Miners Bridge.

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Coniston Old Man to the left, Brim Fell, Swirl How, Black Sails and on to Wetherlam. The white building is the Youth Hostel.

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Just about to head up to the right and skirt the side of the Furness Fells

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View to Irish Row cottages and the Old Man summit.

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Heading for Red Dell Beck.

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Lots of names carved into the rocks on the route.

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Old engine shaft wheelpits.

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A mine level.

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...that turns into a shaft.

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Looking back to the entrance.

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"New" engine shaft wheelpit. Just off center is the path up Kernal Crag to the corrie that contains Levers Water. It was steep and stoney! There was another cave right at the top.

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View back to Coniston.

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Another mine level, danger sign ahead!

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Levers Water from just above the dam.

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Tom and Brendan stood on the dam, the water was partly frozen.

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Wonderful reflections. It was very warm and totally still.

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A good place for lunch..

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We then played skimming stones the furthest on the ice, I won!

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Simon`s Nick. Top right of the entrance the long, green deposits of copper can be seen.

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Last view of Levers water..

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The Pudding Stone in Boulder Valley.

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There are two more mine levels behind where Tom is.

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Waterfall from the bridge.

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Looking at up at Simon`s Nick from the other side.

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This tunnel split into two just past where I was stood, one lead to a shaft but even my head torch wasn`t enough to light it up.

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Old mine buildings.

At the Miners Bridge we crossed over and walked down via the Sun Inn. Then we put back all the calories we had used up with coffee and cake!
The route was about five miles and we took about five hours, allowing plenty of time to look in all the nooks and crannies. Once again the weather was superb!
Jo.
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