Where: The Old Man of Coniston hike from
Coniston in the Lake District of
When: July 2014
Weather: Really Hot
The Old Man of Coniston, or Coniston Old
Man, is the highest mountain for hiking in
the south side of the Lake District in
Cumbria in England.
The hike to the mountain can start right
from the centre of the village. The image
below is from the north end of the Main
Street, where many hikers park, free of
charge, next to the dyke there. The centre
of Coniston is about 150ft above sea
There is also a large car park up on the
hillside, up Station Road, at about 650ft
above sea level. Road
. Coniston Page
The image below is from the north end of
Coniston Main Street. The parking on the
left here is only for an hour or two. The
parking across the road is free all day,
but there is only room for about 8
The hiking trail starts from about 200
yards down this street, just past the white
building down there.
The image below is of the Lakes Cottages
in the centre of Coniston, with the road
here leading up to the Sun Inn.
The image below is of the Sun Inn about
two hundred yards up from Coniston Main
Street. There is a sign on the building
there showing the walking trail round to
the right past the Inn. That trail leads up
through woodland to a bridge. The trail up
to the mountain starts at the bridge.
If you drive up to the top car park,
follow the road to the left here, then
straight up a steep hill via the single
lane Station Road. It is so steep, it may
be first gear for a while.
The image below is of the car park up on
the side of the mountain at about 650ft
above sea level. This is a large car park,
so there should always be spaces.
The main tourist trail to the Old Man of
Coniston is straight along the bottom of
the mountain there for about one mile. This
part of the trail gains little height until
it joins the main tourist trail running up
from Coniston .
The image below is of where the top car
park trail meets the hiking trail leading
up from Coniston centre. Follow the main
trail here as it winds its way steadily up
the mountain, avoiding any smaller trails
leading off to the left.
The image below is of one of two
quarries you pass on the main trail up. You
can just see the summit cairn from here,
where the white line is.
The next step of the trail is up to the
Low Water tarn at about 1,800ft.
The image below is across Low Water with
the summit cairn up there below the white
line. This is the steepest section with the
trail winding up to the left, then up the
east side, about 830ft to go.
The image below is looking down from
close to the top at Low Water. This image
gives a good view of how steep the top
The image below is of the summit cairn
on top of the Old Man of Coniston.
The image below is of the Trig Point on
top of the 2,634ft Old Man of Coniston,
looking north to the 2,611ft Brim Fell. I
decided to take the easy trek across to
Brim Fell, then down a grassy path to Low
Water, as shown by the white lines
This is an easy route back down in clear
weather, but best follow the main path back
down if visibility is poor. You will also
see a number of other trails back down,
over other mountains if visibility is
The image below is of the cairn on the
2,611ft Brim Fell looking north. There are
more mountains straight out that can be
hiked for the really fit hikers, with good
trails between them.
I started back down just past the cairn
to the right, then followed the grassy
trail from there back down.
There is also a trail over to the left,
west, to the 2,552 Dow Crag range that
takes you back to the top car park from the
west. Dow Crag Large
The image below is heading down the east
side of Brim Fell looking at Levers Water.
The trail back down to Low Water leads
round to the right just below this
You will see some other routes down from
here if the weather is clear.
The image below is of the grassy path
back down to Low Water. This was a fast and
scenic route back down. Maybe best to avoid
this route in cloud though as there are a
few rocky drops in places.
That is the main trail at the far side
of Low Water running back down to Coniston
and the top car park.
The image below from passing the two
slate mines on the main trail back down.
You can see the trail leading down into
coniston there, and the trail leading to
the right to the top car park.
The image below is from the main trail
leading back to the top car park. It was in
the 80s by this time, so was glad I had set
out early in the morning and got to the top
before it got too warm.
The Old Man of Coniston Map below shows
the main routes onto the mountains.
This was a real nice hike with great
views, and a number of interesting routes
that can be taken with a few visits.
The route back down over Dow Crag looked
really interesting. Back down over Yew Pike
looked tough and eventful.
Make sure and take an Ordnance Survey
Map and Compass on these hikes, and know
how to use them, as in cloud, these
mountains can be deadly. In Winter, make
sure you have Crampons and an Ice Axe, and
know how to use them.