The History of The Old Man of Coniston

  May is National Walking Month so I wanted to share with you the history behind a recent walk I did. The Old Man of Coniston (or Coniston Old Man) is located in the Lake District and is one of the fells in the Furness Fells . It is approximately 2632.61 ft high. The road up to the main car park for the hike was originally built to serve the slate quarry . The Coniston Old man has an extensive slate mining history dating back to 12th and 13th centuries. It was estimated that around this time slate began to be worked here and has been worked up until the present day. By the 1500s, established slate workings were present in the area. On the stony path on the way up to the summit, you can see numerous signs of the remnants of the slate industry from buildings and machinery to electrical pylons.   The summit itself is signified by a slate platform and cairn. Although this is a great spot to have lunch if the weather is good, the summit was historically used as a warning beacon which for

My UK Museum & Historical Places Bucket List

 After spending 18 months travelling in New Zealand, I am back on British soil and raring to explore my home country. One thing I have realised whilst I've been away is that I have barely explored my hometown of Lancashire never mind the rest of the UK and that includes museums and heritage places. I started compiling a list of such places that I want to visit once I'm back even though it's unlikely I will get to visit them any time soon due to Covid. What places are on your UK museum and historic places bucket list?

North West

Pendle Heritage Centre, Lancashire 

Helmshore Textile Museum, Lancashire

Imperial War Museum North, Manchester

The Beatles Story, Liverpool

International Slavery Museum, Liverpool

British Music Experience, Liverpool

The Pankhurst Centre, Manchester

Quarry Bank, Cheshire

Helmshore Textile Museum
North East

Eden Camp, Yorkshire

National Science & Media Museum, Bradford

South East

Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth

The D Day Story, Portsmouth

Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth

Gurkha Museum, Winchester

1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey & Battlefield, East Sussex


Black Country Living Museum

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

Think Tank Science Museum

Coventry Music Museum

South West

Museum of Witchcraft & Magic 

National Maritime Museum Cornwall

Ashton Court Estate, Bristol

Tintagel Castle, Cornwall

Roman Baths, Bath

Fashion Museum, Bath

Stonehenge, Wiltshire


Vagina Museum

The British Museum 

Victoria & Albert Museum

National Portrait Gallery

Churchill War Rooms

Tower of London


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