An Old Man's stroll from Coniston

Submitted by GaryShipp on 16 February 2010
OS Explorer Map: OL6 - The English Lakes: SW area
(15 votes)
A circular, full-day mountain (above 600m) walk in national park Lake District (England) starting at Coniston Village Centre, Cumbria, about 10.9km (roughly 6.8 miles) long and unsuitable for families with children, prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs.
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This energetic walk takes in one of the Lakes finest summits, with stunning views in all directions.
Start: Coniston Village Centre, OS Grid: SD303976
Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres)
Gain (+/- 10%): 756m (2482ft)
Total (+/- 10%): 1513m (4964ft)
Loss (+/- 10%): 756m (2482ft)
Max. Elevation: 770m (2526ft)

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OS Grid: SD303975
This walk starts from the bus stop in the centre of the village. There are a few shops nearby for picking up any last minute treats.
About 0.3 km (roughly 0.2 miles) from 1 OS Grid: SD299976
Leave the village by the marked path.
About 0.8 km (roughly 0.5 miles) from 2 OS Grid: SD293981
Ignore the 'Miners Bridge' on your right and carry on the track past some small waterfalls to the wall. From here the ascent begins.
About 0.9 km (roughly 0.6 miles) from 3 OS Grid: SD284980
Straight on here.
About 0.4 km (roughly 0.3 miles) from 4 OS Grid: SD279980
As you pass here you will see evidence of this valley's industrial past.
About 0.4 km (roughly 0.3 miles) from 5 OS Grid: SD275982
Quite where this name came from I'm not sure, as the sweat you've worked up will tell you, you're now at 600m elevation and the hardwork's just beginning!
About 0.5 km (roughly 0.3 miles) from 6 OS Grid: SD271980
At 803m, it may fall short of the higher peaks to the North, but its prime location affords fantastical 360 degree views. Take time to enjoy it.
About 0.5 km (roughly 0.3 miles) from 7 OS Grid: SD266982
At this point, depending on your energy levels, you can extend the walk to take in the imposing summits of Dow Crag, are you can take the easier option of descending the path to Goats Water.
About 2 km (roughly 1.2 miles) from 8 OS Grid: SD274964
Whichever route choice you opted for previosuly, at this point you join the main track off the hill and head eastwards.
About 1.6 km (roughly 1 miles) from 9 OS Grid: SD289970
Avoid the route march down the road by heading south here along the wall boundary.
About 0.5 km (roughly 0.3 miles) from 10 OS Grid: SD290965
This path is easily spotted.
About 1 km (roughly 0.6 miles) from 11 OS Grid: SD300968
Cross straight over the road and pick up the path on the other side.
About 0.6 km (roughly 0.4 miles) from 12 OS Grid: SD305972
Pick up the road and head away from the Lake, back into the village.
About 0.4 km (roughly 0.2 miles) from 13 OS Grid: SD303975
Finish back at the bus stop.
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