I think it’s fair to say that the Old Man was the first mountain I knew the name of. I don’t know why but it was. So this was a bit of a pilgrimage for me and parking at the end of Walna Scar road I was excited. We set off in good sun but lowish cloud skimmed the tops of Wetherlam and Swirl How. This is a brilliant walk, taking in the man made Coppermines Valley alongside the plunging crags of Dow Crag.
|Start – Walna Scar car park
|Route – Low Water – Coniston Old Man – Brim Fell – Goat’s Hause – Dow Crag – Buck Pike – Brown Pike – Walna Scar Road – Walna Scar car park
|Distance – 6 miles Start time – 9.10am Time taken – 6 1/2hrs Highest Point – Coniston Old Man 803m
|Weather – Fair bit of sun, some cloud, got a tan anyway!!
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At the start of the walk with The Bell looking sunny and Wetherlam behind
Coniston Old Man
Coppermines Valley with Wetherlam above
Looking back along our path to Coniston Water
Lovely views to Wetherlam from the ascent to Low Water
Mine workings as we climb to Low Water
The mine workings again from higher up
Low water with Coniston Old Man above
Lovely views along Coniston Water to Morecambe Bay
Coniston village next to Coniston Water
From the summit a view down to Low Water, with Levers Water peeking out
Me and the boys at the summit
Again that view to the estuary
Brim Fell from Coniston Old Man
Across to the craggy looking Dow Crag!
Brim Fell summit looking back to Coniston Old Man
And looking the other way to Great Carrs and Swirl How with the Scafells beyond
Grey Friar left with Great Carrs and Swirl How right
Coniston Old Man from Dow Crag summit, it was windy here so I didn’t hang around!
This view was a constant throughout the middle part of this walk
The Duddon valley with Black Combe far left
Looking down one of the rakes (South?) with Goat’s Water at the bottom
Blind Tarn with Brown Pike above
Dow Crag left and Coniston Old Man right across The Cove
Torver Bridge with Brown Pike behind as we walked the Walna Scar Road back to the car