The Old Man of Coniston walk

Woman at the summit of the Old Man of Coniston
Distance: 6.2 miles
Time: 3 and a half hours
Parking: There is a car park at the very start of the walk called Walna Scar Road (nearest postcode is LA21 8HD), however this is up a very steep hill and is a narrow road, so we parked further down in Coniston. This will add about a mile to your walk.

The Old Man of Coniston
This is a great walk if you’re in the Lake District and looking for something a bit challenging but with fantastic views. There is a circular route but we actually went up and down the same way, so you can choose to do either.

Woman walking up mountain path
I was lucky enough to be gifted my outfit from Dare2Be for inclusion in this post. My outfit is from the Laura Whitmore Active Edit and I’m obsessed with the colours!

View of Coniston Water

The route

From the car park, take the path in the lower corner of the car park and leave through the gate. It’s a gentle ascent from here, winding through some rocky outcrops and eventually you’ll get some great views of Coniston Water.

Mining building ruins
The path is really clear here so you shouldn’t be able to go wrong. Continue along until the path passes some small heaps of slate and the remains of some old quarry buildings.

Low Water
After this, you’ll pass by Low Water which is the perfect place to stop on the way back down (or up!) to enjoy a snack, your lunch or even a little dip if you’re brave enough! It’s really picturesque and we enjoyed a mini bottle of prosecco here.

Two bottles of rose prosecco in front of Low Water
Past Low Water and the path gets steeper and it’s a zig zag ascent from here to the summit of the Old Man of Coniston. Be careful on here as it can get a bit scramble-y so you may need to use your hands for some of the steps. This is the most difficult part of the walk but you’ll be rewarded when you reach the summit.

Woman at the summit of The Old Man of Coniston
When you get to the summit cairn, you can enjoy some spectacular views on a clear day. To the west you’ll see Dow Crag and then to the north you’ll be able to see Scafell, Scafell Pike, Broad Crag, Bowfell and Skiddaw Little Man.

To the east you can see Blencathra, Helvellyn, Loadpot and the Kentmere Horseshoe. If the weather is good you’ll even be able to see the Isle of Man and the Blackpool Tower.

When you’re ready head back down the way you came and head into Coniston itself for a well deserved cup of tea and slice of cake.

Things to do in the Lake District

If you need more inspiration for things to do in the Lake District then check out my three day Lake District itinerary.

Peak District walks

If you’re looking for walks in the Peak District instead of the Lakes then check out my post featuring the best walks in the Peak District and Derbyshire.

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  1. February 17, 2022

    […] you’re looking for more walking inspiration in the Lake District then check out my Old Man of Coniston route or my Rawlinson Nab and Windermere Shore […]

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