16th October 2010

Coniston Old Man, Dow Crag and Walna Scar Road


Walk Overview
Time 09.30 to 15.00
Duration 5 hr 30 min
Distance 8.8 mile
Ascent 3200 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Coniston - Walna Scar Road - Low Water - Coniston Old Man - Brim Fell - Goat's Hawse - Dow Crag - Buck Pike - Brown Pike - Walna Scar Road - Coniston
Fells visited
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Car park, Coniston

As with most other car parks in towns and villages you'll need to bring planty of pound coins to park next to the tourist information centre car park. This one isn't the biggest car park either and it does fill up rather quickly. If you don't mind a short walk however, there is a second option at Coniston Sports Club (the top red arrow)

Route Map

I'll bet my car isn't in as good a condition as this when it reaches the same age. Come to think it, it isn't this good now.

On the drive through this morning most of the high fells were well under cloud, so it was most welcome to see Coniston Old Man bathed in sunshine.


There's actually a car park at the end of this road which we could have taken advantage of, but Jennifer's spec for the walk was Coniston Old Man, the track between Coniston and Duddon Valley, and that nice shop that sells the fancy jams and chutneys. Well, I suppose that more or less decides the route we're going to take.

The Bell in front of Wetherlam.

Walking up through the old quarry workings.

I love looking around places like this, and while I'm here I can't help but think about the people who worked these mines and quarries. Talk about a hard life, and not just the work they did once they got up here. Everything about their lives must have been much more difficult than ours. I think I can safely say none of them were as well fed, well housed, or as well clothed as we are. They certainly didn't have as much spare cash or spare time as we do, and if they were ill, well that was just tuff luck. As if all that wasn't bad enough, they had to walk up here, do a proper days work and then walk back down again, , , 6 or 7 days a week. As much as I enjoy walking up and down big hills I'd get pretty fed up with that.


Low Water seems like a strange name for somewhere at nearly 1800ft asl. Having said that, the name might have nothing at all to do with its location.

A close up of Coniston.

Looking down to Low Water and a small section of Levers Water.

Approaching Coniston Old Man summit.

The craggy side of Dow Crag, seen shortly after leaving Coniston Old Man.
In the distance you can see Harter Fell, Sellafield and the west coast.

Brim Fell summit. We didn't really set off to come here, but as seen as though it's so close we decided to walk across anyway.

Lots to see in this picture including Seathwaite Tarn, Scafell Pike, Harter Fell, Illgill Head and Seatallan.

And as if by magic, Jennifer is now wearing a hat, fleece and gloves.

A view down to Goat's Water.

Looking down to the Duddon Valley.
Devoke Water is just and so visible in the picture, but I'm afraid you'll need to look carefully for it.

Dow Crag summit.

Looking across to Coniston Old Man from the ridge near Dow Crag.

Heading down the Walna Scar Road.

And much further down the road.
Needless to say this side of the Walna Scar Road is such a long section of path, particularly when you walk from the top, all the way into Coniston village as we did today.

Cove Bridge, , ,
Every time I come here I can't help but wonder why Cove Bridge has railings on it. I've seen more than my fair share of Lake District bridges over the years and this one blatantly contradicts what you'd expect to find. Personally I think they add a certain appeal to what would otherwise be 'just another bridge', to repeat myself again "I wonder why".

Coniston village centre.
Jennifer's nice shop is just down the road which turns off to the right.

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