19th August 2007

Coniston Old Man the quiet way

Walk Overview
Time 12.50 to 16.00
Duration 3 hr 10 min
Distance 5.75 mile
Ascent 2150 ft
Walking with Andrew and Anne Leaney
Walna Scar Road - Low Water - Brim Fell Rake - Brim Fell - Coniston Old Man - Goat's Hawse - Goat's Water - Walna Scar Road - Boo Tarn.
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car Park, Fellgate, Walna Scar Road

This is a decent sized car park that offers a closer starting point for a walk up the ever popular Coniston Old Man. Once the car park is full there are still a few places to be found in the immediate area.

Although parking is free, I actually enjoy the walk up here from coniston village.


Route Map

At over 700ft, parking the cars at the Coniston end of the Walna Scar Road makes for a quicker journey to the summit of Coniston Old Man; at least it does when you take a route via Low Water.

The corner of the car park often holds a bit of water, this however, is more like the scene you'd expect to find here in the middle of winter not at the height of summer.

Walking up the path to the old mine and quarry workings. The high point in the middle of the photo is The Bell.



Approaching the mine workings.

The whole area around here is littered with the remains of mining equipment and buildings and if you didn't want to get onto the fells tops a tour around the ruins would make for an interesting walk in itself.

And a wider view if the equipment seen in the previous picture.

If you're under four feet tall, don't suffer from claustrophobia and remember to bring a torch then you may be tempted to venture in here. We, on the other hand, crouched down, peered in for a couple of seconds and then carried on with our walk.

Low Water.
This was the point at which we left the main route up to Coniston Old Man and took the much quieter route up Brim Fell Rake; an easy enough route and an enjoyable alternative to the norm.

Looking a little further around towards the Coniston direction, from the same place as the previous picture.
The miners really did take advantage of the plentiful supply of water we have in the Lake District and use it for their own needs. This picture shows the remains of what I presume was a water pipe running from the tarn down to the mine workings lower down the fellside.
We all know from reading books, looking at old photos and some may even remember a little bit from history lessons at school and although the people who worked in these mines experienced what we can only describe as an awful existence, you can't help but admire them for their inventiveness, and the simple fact that they were able to carry on working and living in those conditions year in and year out when we struggle to cope with even the slightest hardship for any time of all.

Low Water seen from Brim Fell Haws.

And then just as we started to walk up the centre of the short ridge the cloud started to drop and the wind really started to pick up. It was safe enough on here, but had we been on some of the narrower places we walk, it would have been quite a different story.

Up in the clouds on Brim Fell summit.

The short walk along the ridge from Brim Fell to Coniston Old Man offers some fine views down to Coniston village and Coniston Water.

Looking ahead to Coniston Old Man summit.

And the summit itself.
Thanks to the guy in the picture for helping to show just how windy it was up here today.

Goat's Water.

Looking up to the striking crags below Dow Crag.

A lower level view of Goat's Water and the screes below Dow Crag.

After leaving the confines Goat's Water the view opens up over the flat area called The Cove and towards the fells on the southern end of Coniston Water and beyond.

Almost back onto the Walna Scar Road, which can just be seen on the right hand side of the photo.

A sad looking and rather overgrown Boo Tarn.

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Lake District Walks