Mountain Walk, Archery & Abseiling Weekend
Join us for a spring multi activity weekend of mountain walking, archery, rifle shooting and abseiling from the picturesque Lake District village of Coniston. A day of guided mountain walking over Coniston Old Man, a Lakeland classic with spectacular views, followed by a day consisting of archery, rifle shooting and abseiling guarantees the weekend to be memorable with lots of fun and a few laughs.
- Saturday Coniston mountain walk
- Sunday Archery, Rifle Shooting and Abseiling
- Stunning scenery
- Enjoyable social evenings
Accommodation at YHA Coniston Holly How (Optional)
For the multi activity adventure weekend we have reserved a number of beds in male shared and female shared bunkrooms at YHA Coniston Holly How. Just a few minutes walk from Coniston village, the hostel is a perfect location for enjoying outdoor adventure activities. Accommodation is for 2 nights. YHA Coniston Holly How provides a full cooked breakfast for an additional £6.25 or, alternatively, you can make use of the fully equipped self-catering facilities. The village has a very good convenience store.
If you prefer to find your own accommodation, please click on the ‘Trip Notes’ tab for alternative accommodation suggestions.
Friday – (Optional) Welcome Evening
Friday Welcome Evening (optional) is 8.30pm at The Black Bull Inn, in the village of Coniston. It’s a chance for everyone on the weekend to meet and the Country Adventures tour leader will be on hand to answer any questions about the planned Lake District adventure activities. If you’re unable to make it to the Welcome Evening, the booking confirmation will detail everything you need to know about the weekend.
Saturday - Walk Day
Grade 3 – Coniston Old Man 6.5 miles (10.4), with 2627 ft (801m) of ascent
From Coniston village, the start of todays walk is a steady uphill section on a wide track running parallel with Church Beck where we might see groups of people gorge scrambling and jumping down waterfalls in the beck. Our route is a steady uphill walk to the Coniston summit with wide open views on good footpaths created by the workers who once mined copper on the Coniston hillside and there will be plenty of opportunity to take in the views to the top.
A hidden mountain lake at the foot of the steep sided slopes leading from behind the Old Man also makes for an enjoyable and rewarding descent from the top.
The walk will finish in Coniston village between 3-4pm.
In the evening, an optional social evening is planned in Coniston, where the group can meet up for a drink and enjoy an evening meal together.
Sunday - Archery, Rifle Shooting, Abseiling & Departure Day
A selection of fun Lake District adventure activities
A fantastic day of Lake District multi activity adventures including rifle shooting, archery and abseiling. No previous experience is needed as the activity leader will provide full tuition. All necessary specialist equipment is provide.
The weekend holiday finishes at approx. 4pm.
The optional accommodation for the weekend walking holiday is YHA Coniston Holly How, Coniston, Cumbria. Rooms are shared male and shared female bunkrooms and the package includes 2 nights, room only.
If you require help with booking alternative accommodation you may find the following links useful:
Windermere Information Centre accommodation booking service
The Crown Inn – Coniston village small hotel
Booking.com search for accommodation in Coniston, Cumbria
We recommend booking accommodation in, or near to, Coniston for easy reach to the meeting point for both the walks and social evenings.
Food & Drink
No meals are included within the packaged price as there is a wide choice for people to opt for. Breakfasts at YHA Coniston Holly How are £6.25 and there is also a fully equipped self-catering kitchen if you wish to self-cater.
For the adventure activities please bring with you a packed lunch and refreshments. Occasionally on some guided walks (Grade 1 to 2 walks) we may pass a country inn or tea room where if we have time we can call in, however having a packed lunch with you gives the group the freedom to have lunch wherever we are on the walking route. YHA Coniston Holly How has a well equipped self catering kitchen with fridges and storage space to enable you to store snacks and packed lunch items if you wish to prepare your own packed lunches. Alternatively, packed lunches for the walks can be purchased from the hostel (approx. £6.25).
On Saturday evening, an optional social evening in Coniston is organised by Country Adventures, where the group can meet up for a drink and enjoy an evening meal together.
For adventure activity holidays that require transport from the meeting point to the start of the activity, we use a minibus or where necessary local transport. There is no extra charge for this, it is included in the tour price.
Our walks / adventure activities are by no means designed to be endurance tests where everyone sets off at a blistering pace. Far from it, it’s about a fine day in the hills in good company enjoying the best of fell walking with exceptional views but it is important to state that for everyone’s walking enjoyment walking does require a minimum level of fitness and stamina. Hill / Mountain walking experience is not essential as long as you have a reasonable level of fitness. For the higher level graded walks (i.e. Challenging Grade) it is advisable that you are someone who enjoys regular cardio exercise or have experience of mountain walking and have the stamina/ leg strength in order to be better prepared for longer sections of uphill & downhill walking associated with higher mountain treks.
Walking Grades Explained
Grade 1 (Leisurely) Normally 5-8 miles, may include gentle ascents and descents of up to a total 1100ft of ascent and similar descent over a day’s walk. Easier scenic walking at lower altitudes along paths and tracks.
Grade 2 (Moderate) Normally 6-10 miles on paths and tracks, between 800ft – 1700ft of total ascent and similar descent. Longer walks, on hills and moorland.
Grade 3 (Moderate Mountain) Normally ranging from 6-10 miles, between 1700ft – 2600ft of ascent, similar descent. Longer walks, over higher ground with possibly steeper ups and downs on paths and tracks.
Grade 4 (Challenging) Normally ranging from 8-13 miles, between 1500ft – 3000+ft of ascent, similar descent, over undulating mountain terrain, walking at higher levels with steep ups and downs. Suitable for people with a good level of fitness.
What you need to bring with you for the walks
- Good, comfortable walking boots with a cleated sole and good ankle support are essential.
- Waterproof jacket and over-trousers.
- Warm, dry walking clothing. Unsuitable clothing includes Jeans or cotton tracksuit bottoms and cotton t-shirts (cotton is a poor insulating fabric and when wet it takes a long time to dry, which can lead to a rapid loss of body heat as well as being uncomfortable).
- A number of thin layers are better than one thick/ heavy jumper. We suggest a fleece for extra warmth especially when we stop on the hills for lunch.
- Hat and gloves (even in summer – any wind chill on the mountain tops will lead to cooler temperatures).
- Sunglasses, sun cream.
- Hot or cold drinks (i.e. a minimum of 2 litres of water).
- Plenty of food and drink for lunch and snacks.
- A rucksack large enough to carry it all in (20-30 litres), ideally with a waterproof liner.
- Any medication you need.
- Thermos flask. We recommend bringing warm drinks with you, as even on sunny days it can occasionally feel cooler, especially on the summits of the higher-level mountain walks.
- Walking poles (if you use them).
- A towel, if staying at YHA Coniston Holly How.
We want you to enjoy your time with Country Adventures and have the best possible adventure experience. Please be aware that if any participants are not properly equipped for the walk (i.e. with walking boots and waterproofs), at the guide’s discretion we reserve the right to not allow them on the walk for reasons of safety for both the individual and the group. If you need clarification any of the equipment requirements, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Tour Schedule & Activity Meeting Times
Please ensure you give yourself plenty of time to get to the meeting point at the required time. The transport for our day adventures will leave promptly at the stated time and due to the nature of scheduled tours, we are unable to provide refunds if unfortunately, you miss the departure time.
Welcome Evening – 8.30pm at The Black Bull Inn (details provided in your booking confirmation)
Activity Days – 9.30am at YHA Coniston Holly How
Address: YHA Coniston Holly How, Far End, Coniston, Cumbria, LA21 8DD