South Lakes August 2015

The Coniston fells are part of the rock group known as the Borrowdale Volcanic Group, these volcanic rocks were laid down around 460 million years ago.

The Borrowdale Volcanic Group lavas are mainly andesites rocks. We generally use andesite’s for our footpath construction as they are the dominate rock type in the areas we work. This type of stone was flown from a site on the Coniston fells for our project from Low water the summit of the Old man.

On the section below the old slate pitching was dug out and replaced end on (vertical) to create steps. This local slate was used in conjunction with the andesite rock to build a wider more usable path due to its popularity.

Work parties on Coniston Old man continued throughout August pushing the project on tremendously.

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Fix the Fells drone took this ariel photo, in the guise of Nick scampering up to a great vantage point.

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Mixture of slate and andesite volcanic rock.

The most important rock quarried in the Lake District is slate taken from the Borrowdale Volcanic Group. The walk in to this work site passes the old slate mines of Coniston.

The Old Man slate quarries were believed to have started in the 12-13th centuries, although there is little evidence on site from this.

Coniston Green Slate is still mined at Coniston today. It was formed during the Ordovician period of mountain building, originally being deposited as volcanic ash in shallow waters.

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Old slate mine workings.

The path up to the summit was especially busy during the summer holidays with the wonderful weather. This made for great engagement, educating the public about the work we do and why. Many questions were asked, with the top one being ‘how do the rocks get up here?’

We were donated approximately £40 a day from members of the public during this busy period (plus a couple of mars bars and a wine gum) that to Tanya’s pink donation boxes.

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Nick being heavily engaged!

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