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Old Man of Coniston 1st May, 2021

So a birthday weekend in the Lakes stopping in the lovely village of Coniston. Upon waking on Saturday we decided that we would go up another one of those fells I'd heard of prior to beginning to climb anything, the Old Man of Coniston.


Before that though we had a little walk down to Coniston Lake as the morning was so clear and there was no wind at all.

Anyway off we went. We parked at the end of the Walna Scar Road and set off back the way we had driven in following an obvious path.

The path meanders a little giving views of Coppermine Valley where there is a Youth Hostel before it begins to climb a gets a little rougher underfoot.

As you can see the path is clear but we weren't alone on the mountain. Before too long you begin to see the remnants of the old mine workings and just after the image below you see an amazing old site.

The mine workings area.

Amazing to think of people climbing up this way to do a day's work! We wandered around here for a while before continuing along the path and reaching Low Water. The path climbs along the side of Low Water opening out a wonderful vista.

As I mentioned we weren't alone. It was a bit like the M6 motorway at times on the climb but people were keeping their distance.

There were a few viewing areas as well on the way up which made the experience wonderful.

The final push to the top is a bit rough and there was evidence that the path was going to be repaired as there were bags of rock strewn along the pathway.

Soon enough we reached the fabulous cairn. Sometimes these big cairns seem unsightly to me but not on this occasion. After a tough journey upwards it was a welcome sight.

From here we moved on fairly quickly so others could get the shot at the top and we turned our thoughts to Brim Fell.



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