2020 Coniston Challenge

Between the 16th and 21st of August 2020, two cohorts of seven young people accessed three days of activity in and around Coniston. Initially planned as a six day overnight residential, current health and safety restrictions meant that the whole initiative had to be redesigned.

Delivered in partnership with Big Adventure and the amazing Phil Longbottom (who delivered all of the exciting outdoor education and participatory activity) the young people took part in activities including; ghyll scrambling, rock climbing, caving, wild swimming, canoeing, paddle-boarding and hiking up the Old Man of Coniston.

The young people challenged themselves to try new activities and test their fortitude amongst the elements. The challenges set allowed them to not only get outdoors and away from technology (and lockdown), but also confront and overcome some of their fears and anxieties.

The project was funded by the Areti Charitable Trust, National Lottery Community Fund and Francis C Scott Charitable Trust; and supported by a small team of volunteers, including Board members from Lancashire Youth Challenge.

We would like to also give a special shout out to the amazing Ken Calland, who got us there and back safely.

To hear more about our 2020 Coniston Challenge please watch our documentary film below: