Old Man of Coniston (via Dow Crag)

Old Man of Coniston (via Dow Crag)

Lake District – South West

Route: Walna Scar Road car park – Brown Pike (682) – Buck Pike (744) – Dow Crag (778) – Old Man of Coniston (803)

Distance: 6.8 miles Ascent: 677 m Time: 4 hours

OS Map: OL 6 The English Lakes, South-western area

Parking / Start Point: Walna Scar Road (0.8 miles WSW of Coniston village centre up a steep single-track road and through a gate. NB This is no place to bring one’s Ferrari as the ground is very uneven!)

This is a lovely circular, taking in two famous Wainwrights and a couple of outlying peaks. There is plenty of interest, with fabulous views and the old slate quarry.

From the car park, follow the well-defined bridleway, Walna Scar Road, in a generally westerly direction – turning off to the right to climb the final few metres to the summit of Brown Pike.

Head north along a broad ridge, first to Buck Pike and then to the rocky summit of Dow Crag. Continue north and start the decent into Goat’s Hawes col, before climbing steeply to the south-east to the summit of The Old Man of Coniston.

The descent is steep and follows a zig-zag path, first towards Low Water tarn and then past the old quarry workings. Finally, take a right turn back to the south towards the car park.

Walna Scar Road
Brown Pike
Walna Scar Road – Brown Pike and Buck Pike
Dow Crag (left) and The Old Man of Coniston (right), joined by Goat’s Hawse col
Walna Scar Road, weaving its way up the flanks of Brown Pike (right)
Looking back across Morecambe Bay
Right turn off Walna Scar Road
The Scafell massif
Brown Pike summit – The Old Man to the right
Broad ridge to Buck Pike
Ridge towards Buck Pike with the Scafells in the distance
The Old Man of Coniston west face
Looking back towards Morecambe Bay, with Coniston Water centre picture
Looking back towards Brown Pike
Brown Pike with Blind Tarn below
Buck Pike summit – The Old Man behind
On the path to Dow Crag, looking back to Buck Pike
Dow Crag from the summit of Buck Pike
On the ascent of The Old Man of Coniston – looking back at Dow Crag, Goat’s Hawse below
Looking back at the path descending to Goat’s Hawse from Dow Crag
Dow Crag with Goat’s Water below
On the summit ridge to The Old Man of Coniston looking down towards Coniston and Coniston Water
The Old Man of Coniston summit
Dow Crag
The Old Man of Coniston summit trig
Low Water from the summit
Old quarry building

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