Coniston Old Man

4th April 2009

Our actual plan for this weekend was Scafell Pike ,To go up straight from work the Friday evening & camp at Wasdale Head , But due to bad weather we had to knock this one on the head ,So plan “B” came into action “Ste” What’s plan B ? I don’t know Paul? What is plan B?

There was no way we wasn’t going to do a walk this weekend as a lot of planning had gone into Scafell so Coniston Old man It was ,Just a real shame about the weather


Wainwright Guidebook

The Southern Fells



Ascent: 803Mtrs  2633Ft
Wainwrights: 1  Coniston Old Man
Weather: Dry With Low Cloud Around 260 Mtrs
Parking: Car park at the top of Walna Scar Road
Walking With: Stephen Harrison
Ordnance Survey:

OL6 (1:25)

Time Taken:  

Map and Photo Gallery



The path which leads up to the old Copper Mines ,With The Bell on the right ,The low cloud didn’t lift all day ,I think this was my only walk that I’ve done where  I felt like kicking that clouds ass!! (I think I was still sulking at the weather for ruing Scafell!) But I’m in the Lakes where I love to be ,So stop sulking Paul.

Ok sulk over, And making our way through to Homestead.



The disused Quarry & Wetherlam just under cloud.


The path changes here, & is it only me who thinks about coming back down Sections of path as rocky as this while your still walking up it! Or is it the knee thinking & not the head.


Looking back down the Old Mine Track.


Engine & Chassis ,Wouldn’t even like to take a guess at what this used to be ,One thing I do know is they don’t build em like they used to.


Approaching the old mine workings & buildings.


Its a little tricky underfoot but I’m surrounded by all these cables & buckets to think about it ,I just couldn’t believe the weight these cables used to carry

I look at the likes of the Volunteers of the National Trust & all the hard work they pack in then imagine coming here every day to earn a wage in all weathers , A very Humble place to be




Approaching Low Water & this pretty much was the view we got for the rest of the walk to the summit

Low Water (Or what you can see of it!)



Coniston Old Man summit & Trig Point.


Ste looking for lunch ! I cant say I’m not disappointed because I was, The weathers really not been on our side today

Back at the Old Mine Buildings with ste taking an interest in this old Furness ,Recon we can get it going bud?


The Bell, & to cheer us up we thought wed make our way up & maybe have another coffee there.


Coniston Water from The Bell.


Oh look where we’ve ended up !,Our favourite haunt in the Lake District  .The Watermill Inn, Ings.


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