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Coniston Walks

Footpaths riddle the Coniston Fells allowing lots of scope for varying the classic Coniston walks to take advantage of weather conditions, time and lesser known routes.

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Old Man of Coniston

The Old Man of Coniston is perhaps the best known of all Coniston Walks. If you are not pushed for time why not combine it with one of great extension suggestions below?


If you want to feel your calf muscles then Wetherlam can be scaled from Tilberthwaite or Wrynose Pass. This is a steep circular walk and for those who prefer a less rigorous walk, why not allow plenty of time and make Wetherlam an extension to the popular Coniston Old Man summit?

As you pass Great Carrs keep a look out for the World War II air crash memorial. The memorial is made partly made from the wreckage of the Halifax bomber which crashed here, in bad weather, in October 1944 killing 7 Canadians and 1 Brit.

Dow Crag

If Coniston is teaming with walkers why not challenge yourself to Dow Crag? Dow Crag is an interesting ridge with great views over Lake Coniston and down to Goat's Water. However take care near the ridge in bad weather, I remember being blown over here one very windy January day.

Walna Scar

If you are not pushed for time and prefer to take things more steadily then the Walna Scar (green) road is a great way to get up to Dow Crag and along to Coniston Old Man.

Swirl How

Swirl How is a wonderful little addition, if you arrive at the top of Coniston Old Man and want to extend your walk slightly. The walk to Swirl How allows you to take in some of the wonderful Lakeland views before choosing either to descend at Swirl Hawse or carry on to Wetherlam peak.

Goats Water

Goat's water, a fabulous little walk in its own right, that can be varied and extended if weather, time and mood permit. Park south of Coniston, at Torver(A593) or about half a mile north of Torver, at Little Arrow, if there is space.

The path works its way through a disused slate quarry and crosses the Walna Scar road. From Goat's Water, you have the choice to retrace your steps back to your car or take the steep climb up to Goats Hawse at which point you have the choice of Coniston's highest peak, the Old Man of Coniston then down past Low Water or Dow Crag ridgeway taking in Buck Pike and Brown Pike before following the Walna Scar road.

Guided Walks - Lake District

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Ruskin Museum Guided Walks
The Ruskin Museum on the east side of Coniston offers three guided walks which can be tailored to suit your own needs.

Walkingways offers both high level and low level guided walks. They can also provide you with detailed guides for you, if you prefer to walk on your own.

Knobbly Stick
Knobbly Stick offer walking holidays in the Lake District.

Walk from your door! These beautiful self-catering cottages in Coniston and neighbouring hamlets offer you the opportunity to walk right from your door.

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