Torver Common

Our walk up to Beacon Tarn last year was one of our favourites - gently undulating grassy terrain with interesting flora and fauna. Today we explored another area nearby on Torver Common, just west of Coniston Water.
It was a crisp, cold day and the recent snow falls were evident as we approached the Lakes
We parked at Brown Howe and worked our way up a farm track. Almost immediately we were battered by the strong, icy wind which continued for almost the entire walk. At times we felt that we were walking backwards!

There were plenty of lovely old trees
The recent snow was clear on the Langdales to the north...
... and the more distant mountains as we panned round to the east
At the top of the track we touched the Cumbria Way as we turned right to climb Tottle Bank. For the remainder of the walk we followed a stone wall which helped to give us limited shelter from the wind.

As we reached the top and started down towards Tyson Wood, Coniston Water was suddenly laid out before us, deep blue like the Med on this bright, sunny day.
A surprise appears over the brow
We begin our descent, sightly sheltered by the wall
Once we were down at the lakeside we walked back to the car, happy that we were no longer being blown about by the strong winds.
View up Coniston Water
The water was moving fast on the lake
First daffodils of the year - on 31 January


Another lovely walk in this interesting and quiet area - and with the bonus of beautiful weather.