Old Man of Coniston - Lake District Walk

Saturday 17th June 2006

A return to the Old Man of Coniston today that was a real contrast to our visit 5 weeks earlier. It was very hot and extra water was carried and drunk. We avoided the crowds on the way up by heading for Seathwaite Tarn and then ascending to Goat's Hause. As usual the top of the Old Man was busy as was the top of Dow Crag, which we reached when the climbers we had been watching ascend it from our lunch spot on the Old Man's summit were also arriving there.

Start: Walna Scar Road (SD 240 968)

Route: Walna Scar Road - Seathwaite Tarn - Far Gill - Goat's Hause - Old Man of Coniston (CT) - Goat's Hause - Dow Crag (90) - Buck Pike - Brown Pike - Walna Scar Road

Distance: 7 miles     Ascent: 805 metres      Time Taken: 6 hrs

Weather: Hot with a welcome breeze on the top of the Old Man.

Pub Visited: The Newfield Inn, Seathwaite    Ale Drunk: Jenning's Cumberland

Route Map >>


Harter Fell

Harter Fell from the track to Seathwaite Tarn.

Seathwaite Tarn wall

The wall we crossed in front of Seathwaite Tarn.

Seathwaite Tarn

Seathwaite Tarn with Levers Hause behind it. We saw no sign of the path going up Levers Hause that is marked
on the map and the route we had intended to use to gain the summit.

Old Man of Coniston summit cairn

The summit cairn on the Old Man of Coniston, relatively quiet considering the number of people up there.


A hazy shot of Windermere from the Old Man's summit.


The Scafells now clear of the early morning cloud.



Dow Crag & Buck Pike

Looking across to Dow Crag (right) and Buck Pike (left), the route back.

Dow Crag

Dow Crag from Goat's Hawse.

Morecambe Bay

A hazy Leven Estuary & Morecambe Bay from Dow Crag.

Old Man of Coniston

The Old Man of Coniston from Dow Crag.

Easy Gully

Looking down Easy Gully to the Pinnacle.

Goat's Water

It's a long way down to Goat's Water.

Brown Pike & Blind Tarn

From Buck Pike, the path to Brown Pike with Blind Tarn below.

Walna Scar & White Maiden

Looking across at the summits of Walna Scar, White Maiden & White Pike, with Caw and Black Combe behind.

Walna Scar Road

The white line is the Walna Scar Road and our route down to the car.


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