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Lakeland guided walk takes in mountain tarn

Posted 27 April 2010
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Lakeland guided walk takes in mountain tarn
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A guided walk to be run by the Lake District National Park Authority on May 2nd will take in a tarn and old copper working above Coniston.

Starting off in the village at the Tourist Information Centre at 10:30 BST and lasting for five hours, the 5.9-mile walk follows a route around the lower slopes of Coniston Old Man and Red Knell to Levers Water, returning via Boulder Valley.

Organisers noted that it is "essential" for those taking part to wear walking boots, as well as to bring a packed lunch.

Those thinking of going may wish to get some backpacking food from a Go Outdoors store to put in their lunchbox.

Levers Water was the subject of drama in 1995 when a bomb was found in an old mining tunnel at the base of the dam.

The device was destroyed in a controlled explosion by the army after it was found that it had been dropped with a dry fuse, meaning only the wet environment had prevented a major incident that could have seen Coniston village flooded and deprived of its water supply.

Posted by Elaine Arthur