The Old Man of Coniston Circular via Brown Pike, Buck Pike and Dow Crag
Video run time: 15 minutes 53 seconds
The walk follows a circular route from a parking area on Walna Scar road, near Coniston in the Lake District. It sets off in a westerly direction along Walna Scar road itself, which is now a track, before turning northwards to start the real climbing over Brown Pike, Buck Pike and Dow Crag. The walk drops down to Goat's Hawse before heading to the summit of the Old Man of Coniston, known by many as Coniston Old Man. From the summit there are excellent panoramic views of all surrounding hills and fells, from Black Combe around to the Pennines taking in the Scafell group to the North and as far as the Isle of Man to the West, along with Blind Tarn and Goat's Water below. From the summit, the walk zig-zags down to Low Water before returning to the parking area through the remains of a bygone era in this part of the Lakes - copper mining.
|Parking:||Parking area approx 1km out of Coniston at the end of the tarmac section of the Walna Scar Road (grid reference SD 288 970). The added bonus - it is free to park! If full, there is plenty of parking back down the road 1km away Coniston. Parking in Coniston will add a further 150m climb to the walk and no real further enjoyment or views!|
|Directions:||Nearest post code for Sat Nav: LA21 8HD - get directions here|
|Walk distance:||6.2 miles (9.9 Km)|
|Estimated walk time:||3 hours 25 minutes|
|Height climbed:||780 metres|
|Grade:||2-C: A medium length walk that has rugged terrain and some steep climbs|
|Peaks / summits:||Brown Pike, Buck Pike, Dow Crag and The Old Man of Coniston|
|Wainwrights:||2 - The Old Man of Coniston 803m (30th highest) and Dow Crag 778m (47th highest)|
|Map:||Ordnance Survey - Explorer OL6 (The English Lakes - South-western Area)
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|Walk features:||Geographic feature, Hills or fells, Lake or tarn, Man-made feature, Views, Wildlife|
|Facilities / refreshments:||None on the route or at the start. Cafés, pubs and shops in Coniston village (approx 1km from the car park)|
|Walk Tags:||Video walk, Coniston, Coniston Old Man, The Old Man of Coniston, Walna Scar Road, Brown Pike, Buck Pike, Dow Crag, Copper Mining, Blind Tarn, Goat's Water, Goat's Hawse, Low Water, Stubthwaite Crag, Coniston Fells, Coniston Water, Lake district, Lake district national park|
|Video run time:||15 minutes 53 seconds|
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