Walk : Coniston Old Man
Date : 1st November 2011
Weather : Slight drizzle, cool
Route Details :
Distance : 6 miles
A cracking day out, the weather was a bit hit and miss, but stayed largely dry. Very cold and windy up top but great views.
Next time I will try the route via Boo Tarn (this was AW’s preferred route), however it was fascinating to observe the old
Mine workings and remnants of a bygone era.
The start from just past
the Sun Inn, takes off up the
The steepness continues for a couple of hundred yards or so and gradually levels off. Here fence posts lead down
a driveway to the car park.
The car park was quite busy with some people who had been up early doors and were tucking in to their grub. I headed
off down the quarry road that leads to the old mine workings and boulder valley
Further on up the quarry road and Wetherlam making an appearance
Wetherlam from slightly further up . At this point the showers were on and off
And further up still, not sure where this leads to, and I’m not going to try and find out either !!
This would not provide much shelter in a down pour these days !! – Anyway onwards and upwards
Looking back now to the car park as Coniston Water puts in an appearance
And across to Dow Crag
As you approach Tarn Crag the overspill from Levers Water can be seen
I arrived at Low Tarn and decided to stop for a short while and admire the view. The pathway to take up to the top
of The Old Man is clearly defined throughout.
Here, slightly further along the path you gain sufficient height to catch a view of Levers Water and the source of
the water cascade in previous photo
On the approach to the
summit now and the
And the full extent of Coniston water
Also the Duddon Estuary with menacing dark clouds homing in !!!
The short distance to the rather splendid cairn. It’s getting really cold and windy now.
The pleasant little trek along the edge towards Brim Fell and it’s cairn in the centre of the picture.
In the distance to the west, the mighty Scafell range
So by my reckoning, that cloud level must be 3000 feet and it is maybe time to descend while there is still some light.
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