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#Explorefromthedoor with Sean Conway - #12 Bagging those Tarns

 
Wed, 29th Jan 2020

#Explorefromthedoor with Sean Conway – #12 Bagging those Tarns Munro bagging. Bag a Wainwright. Bag that mountain summit. These we have all heard of but there is one more thing that I love to ‘bag’ in the Lake District, and that is the humble tarn. A tarn is defined as a small mountain lake and there are hundreds of them. What’s better is they are often quite high up a mountainside. The rules are simple. Hike up to a tarn, and jump in. You don’t need to do a big swim but you need to at least get your entire…

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#explorefromthedoor with Sean Conway - #11 Swallows and Amazons Swim . . . with a dog.

 
Wed, 29th Jan 2020

#explorefromthedoor with Sean Conway – #11 Swallows and Amazons Swim . . . with a dog. I can’t believe it’s been over a year since I’ve been doing these blogs and I have not yet featured one on swimming. I know. It’s ridiculous considering for quite some time I was known as Sean Conway – The Swimmer. It even says that on my Wikipedia page (If someone knows how to change that I’d be ever so grateful) Anyway, living in Coniston and not swimming is like being French and not eating all the baguettes, and when it comes to dipping…

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#Explorefromthedoor with Sean Conway - #10 Trouté Diem – Seize the Trout

 
Wed, 29th Jan 2020

Explorefromthedoor with Sean Conway – #10 Trouté Diem – Seize the Trout Now when I decided to start this blog series about adventures in and around my home in Coniston, I have to admit it was all adrenalin this, running that, cycling here, canoeing there and all other manor of activities to get your heart racing. Don’t get me wrong. My next blog after this one is probably one of the toughest local challenges I’ve come up with, but for now, I fancied doing something a little more relaxing. OK, a lot more relaxing – fishing. This came about because…

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#Explorefromthedoor with Sean Conway - #9 The Double-Double Awakener!

 
Wed, 29th Jan 2020

Explorefromthedoor with Sean Conway – #9 The Double-Double Awakener! It’s been almost exactly a year since I finished my world record bike ride across Europe. And in this year, I have cycled only three times and one of those times was to get some bread from the bakery 200 meters from our house. I always do this – go cold turkey right after a big block of cycling and I have to admit, I always regret it. It’s far easier keeping a steady fitness than trying to build it up again from scratch. Never the less, it’s now May, the…

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#Explorefromthedoor with Sean Conway - #8 My Favourite Low Level Hike

 
Tue, 28th Jan 2020

#Explorefromthedoor with Sean Conway – #8 My Favourite Low Level Hike Winter walks are, in the words of Tina Turner, simply the best. Layering up, a flask of boiling hot tea in your thermos and a map snugly sealed in a zip-lock bag you’re ready to hit the trails. With winter, however, it can be extremely windy which can make heading up the hills feel somewhat out of your comfort zone. Don’t get me wrong. I love it when the elements are giving you a Rocky Balboa style battering but it’s not for everyone. Luckily there are many low level,…

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#Explorefromthedoor with Sean Conway - #6 The ‘Not the Tilberthwaite’ Loop (Yewdale Fells)

 
Tue, 28th Jan 2020

#Explorefromthedoor with Sean Conway – #6 The ‘Not the Tilberthwaite’ Loop (Yewdale Fells) The view from the front of our house I have to say is second to none. Yes on a good day we can see the Old Man off to the left but every other day, unless the mist is really low, we can see the wonderfully craggy hillside of Rigg Head and Yew Pike and its towering proximity to our home means we have a soft spot for the route up there. My wife and I call it the Tilberthwaite loop because you head up towards Tilbertwaite…

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#Explorefromthedoor with Sean Conway - #5 Mountain Bike Heaven

 
Tue, 28th Jan 2020

#Explorefromthedoor with Sean Conway – #5 Mountain Bike Heaven If you’re into mountain biking but, like me, aren’t Danny Macaskill and able to throw yourself down 50ft drops, then the Grizedale forest is the place for you. The second best thing about Grizedale is that you don’t need to drive there from Coniston, you can get on your bike right at your door and be there within half an hour. Now I have to be honest I haven’t been Mountain biking in a while. 2018 was all about my Europe world record attempt and I couldn’t afford to get injured…

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#Explorefromthedoor with Sean Conway - #4 Conistons Old Man.

 
Tue, 28th Jan 2020

#Explorefromthedoor with Sean Conway – #4 Conistons Old Man. As my wife will tell you, to her annoyance, I have an unhealthy ambition to one day be The Old Man of Coniston. You know, the crazy grey-haired pensioner who does his weekly shopping on horseback while herding his flock of lamas down the high street because they just really needed a walk. I really want to be that guy. Sadly, I have chosen the wrong town to live in if I want to be The Old Man of Coniston because I will always be trumped by the real Old Man…

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#explorefromthedoor with Sean Conway - #3 Life on the Water

 
Tue, 28th Jan 2020

#explorefromthedoor with Sean Conway – #3 Life on the Water The Lake District. It says in the name – Lake. Ironically there is only one ‘Lake’ – Bassenthwaite Lake. Most of the rest are actually Waters. When I decided on a whim to move to the Lakes as I mentioned in July’s blog there were two reasons, mountains and Lakes. I need both in my life to feel alive. It’s hard to explain but Mum did always tell me I was a water baby and would constantly be found lying belly down in any puddle I could find, literally any,…

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#explorefromthedoor with Sean Conway - #2 Escaping the Crowds, Coniston Valley.

 
Tue, 28th Jan 2020

#explorefromthedoor with Sean Conway – #2 Escaping the Crowds, Coniston Valley. The Lake District is one of the best places to explore in England and has fueled creative and exploring minds for centuries. Spending time in the mountains has huge benefits both physically and mentally. The one downside can be that some of the ‘famous’ routes and mountains can be slightly busy during certain times of the year which can take away from the whole reason you wanted to come up here in the first place. Don’t fear though, there is a simple solution to avoid the crowds, and it…

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