In February half term we took advantage of a bright, cold day to walk up Copper Mines Valley through the snow line to Levers Water behind Coniston. As the valley has been worked for centuries, it’s an easy walk up well defined roads, including this beautiful Miners Bridge (left). Past Irish Row and the Mine Captain’s House to the remains of the wheel house at Red Dell (right, slate tower on the right of the beck) where we stopped for Kendal Mint cake and to make a scary snow man. Then more of a sheep track through the snow up to Levers Water (right).
Then back down again with a lovely view of Coniston Water at the end of the valley. We stopped for chips at the very welcoming Sun Inn – barman provided free bread and butter when we mentioned chip butties! The “One in the Waistcoat” had a pint of Bluebird (Coniston Brewing Co.) whilst I had half a Loweswater Gold (Cumbrian Legendary Ales).
The walk took 2 hours including stops with 3 children and a dog. Remember to take a map!