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The Old Man of Coniston: 3 Walking Routes

The Old Man of Coniston, a rugged peak towering over Coniston village at 2633ft (803m), is a must-climb for any Lake District enthusiast. Its summit offers panoramic views, historical whispers of mining days, and a sense of accomplishment that lingers long after the descent. But with several routes to choose from, which path should you take? Fear not, intrepid adventurer, for this blog will guide you through three fantastic options, each with its own unique charm:

1. The Classic Climb: The Old Man via Low Water (6 miles, 4-6 hours)

This iconic route starts in the charming village of Coniston, leading you past former slate quarries and the atmospheric Low Water tarn. The path then steadily ascends, offering glimpses of the shimmering lake and surrounding fells. Enjoy the historical markers along the way, telling tales of the area’s mining past. The summit rewards you with breathtaking 360-degree views, encompassing Morecambe Bay, the Pennines, and even the Isle of Man on a clear day.


2. The Scenic Route: via Walna Scar Road and Goats Water (7 miles, 4-6 hours)

This route offers a more scenic approach, starting from the Walna Scar Road car park. Pass through dramatic landscapes, including the impressive Dow Crag, before reaching the picturesque Goats Water tarn. The climb to the summit is steeper but rewards you with close-up views of Dow Crag and its unique rock formations.


3. The Explorer’s Choice: The Old Man via Dow Crag and The Coniston Round (10 miles, 6-8 hours)

This circular route is a true Lakeland adventure, taking you over three peaks for panoramic vistas and diverse terrain. Enjoy the dramatic ascent of Dow Crag, the grassy slopes of Buck Pike, and the final push to the Old Man’s summit. Be prepared for steep sections and exposed ridges, but the reward is an unforgettable experience.


Tips for Your Summit Adventure:

Summiting the Old Man of Coniston is an unforgettable experience. With its diverse routes, rich history, and breathtaking vistas, this Lakeland giant offers something for every adventurer. So lace up your boots, pack your essentials, and embark on your own conquest of this iconic peak!

Make a weekend of it and leave your boots by the door of one of our cosy Coniston cottages.

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