The Old Man Of Coniston via Levers Hawse and Dow Crag Walk

The view to the top of the Old Man

The view up to the top of The Old Man Of Coniston in the Lake District
The view up to the top of The Old Man Of Coniston in the Lake District | Source

A walk in the Coniston Fells

The picturesque lake district village of Coniston is watched over by The Old Man of Coniston.

At 803 meters walking the Old Man of Coniston represents a challenge for many, however offers exceptional views out towards Coniston Water and towards Lake Windermere. As well as the imposing rock faces of Dow Crag and further afield towards the Scafell Massif which contains England's highest mountain.

Climbing the Old Man is not an exceptional challenge to a frequent walker. It has some steeper sections but on a good day is perfectly achieveable as a cheap family day out.

Coniston and the Old man of Coniston location

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A markerConiston -
Coniston, Cumbria LA21, UK
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Coniston Village in the Lake District is the start and finish of the walk

B markerConiston old man -
Old Man, Lake District National Park, Coniston, Cumbria LA21, UK
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The main mountain on today's walk

A walk with fantastic views of the Lake District

Walking route for the Old Man of Coniston and Dow Crag

This walk is a little more challenging than a simple ascent of the Old Man of Coniston. The route flows up the Coppermine Valley from Coniston Village before tracking round to the tranquil yet isolated Levers Water prior to an ascent up to Levers Hawse Mountain Pass. From Levers Hawse the route heads down to Goats Hawse for an optional ascent of Dow Crag. The climbing finishes atop the Consiton Old Man before descending through an old mine back to Coniston for a well earned drink

Start your Old Man of Coniston Walk at The Sun Hotel

The Sun Hotel in Coniston is a great place to start (and finish with a beer) a climb of the Old Man
The Sun Hotel in Coniston is a great place to start (and finish with a beer) a climb of the Old Man | Source
Follow the signs for the Old Man Of Coniston outside the Sun Hotel
Follow the signs for the Old Man Of Coniston outside the Sun Hotel | Source

Follow the sign at the side of the Sun Hotel for The Old Man

Follow the road up through the farm gates
Follow the road up through the farm gates | Source
The Old Man and Coniston Coppermines YHA are signposted so you just need to follow the path
The Old Man and Coniston Coppermines YHA are signposted so you just need to follow the path | Source
Follow the rugged lane as it starts to climb gently upwards with the Old Man of Coniston in the distance
Follow the rugged lane as it starts to climb gently upwards with the Old Man of Coniston in the distance | Source

Cross the Bridge over Church Beck and turn left along the road

Cross over Church Beck and turn left. Follow the rough country lane towards Coppermines Valley
Cross over Church Beck and turn left. Follow the rough country lane towards Coppermines Valley | Source
Heading towards Coppermines Valley with the Coniston Fells in the distance
Heading towards Coppermines Valley with the Coniston Fells in the distance | Source
Coppermines YHA Coniston at the foot of the Coniston Fells.
Coppermines YHA Coniston at the foot of the Coniston Fells. | Source

Pass the Coniston Coppermines Youth Hostel

Pass Coniston Coppermines Youth Hostel
Pass Coniston Coppermines Youth Hostel | Source
Coniston Coppermines YHA
Coniston Coppermines YHA | Source

Head left over the footbridge onto a singletrack path

Head over the footbridge and carry on under the watchful Raven Tor
Head over the footbridge and carry on under the watchful Raven Tor | Source
Follow the edge path onwards
Follow the edge path onwards | Source

Climb up to view the Low Water Beck Waterfall

Low Water Beck runs alongside the footpath
Low Water Beck runs alongside the footpath
The path hits a T-Junction directly in front of the waterfall that comes off Low Water.
The path hits a T-Junction directly in front of the waterfall that comes off Low Water.

Turn right and climb through Boulder Valley towards Levers Water

Ascend through Boulder Valley towards Levers Water
Ascend through Boulder Valley towards Levers Water | Source

Follow the trail round the edge of Levers Water

The tranquil and remote feeling Levers Water just begs for a dip.
The tranquil and remote feeling Levers Water just begs for a dip. | Source
Little How Crags off the Northwest edge of Levers Water
Little How Crags off the Northwest edge of Levers Water | Source
Follow the rugged path around the edge of Levers Water
Follow the rugged path around the edge of Levers Water | Source
The peace and tranquility of Levers Water
The peace and tranquility of Levers Water | Source
The peace and tranquility of the remote Lakes of the Lake District
The peace and tranquility of the remote Lakes of the Lake District | Source

The path turns up Levers Hawse Pass

The rugged climb up Levers Hawse Pass from Levers Water
The rugged climb up Levers Hawse Pass from Levers Water | Source
Looking down from Levers Hawse
Looking down from Levers Hawse | Source

At the top of Levers Hawse take a left and follow the edge of the ridge

Walkers on the path ahead near Levers Hawse
Walkers on the path ahead near Levers Hawse | Source
Dow Crag in the distance
Dow Crag in the distance | Source
The path tipping down towards Goat Hawse Pass with the rugged Dow Crag face ahead
The path tipping down towards Goat Hawse Pass with the rugged Dow Crag face ahead | Source

The view out from Goat Hawse

Looking down at Goat's Water from Goat Hawse between the Coniston Old Man and Dow Crag
Looking down at Goat's Water from Goat Hawse between the Coniston Old Man and Dow Crag | Source

Ascending Dow Crag from Goat Hawse

Looking up to the summit of Dow Crags
Looking up to the summit of Dow Crags | Source
The path in the valley up to Goat Hawse and Coniston Water in the far distance
The path in the valley up to Goat Hawse and Coniston Water in the far distance | Source
Looking out to walkers on the summit of the Old Man of Coniston from Dow Crag
Looking out to walkers on the summit of the Old Man of Coniston from Dow Crag | Source

Drop down from Dow Crag and walk up Coniston Old Man

The path from Goat Hawse walking up towards Coniston Old Man
The path from Goat Hawse walking up towards Coniston Old Man | Source
Ascending towards the Old Man Of Coniston Summit in the distance
Ascending towards the Old Man Of Coniston Summit in the distance | Source
A group gathering at the summit of Coniston Old Man
A group gathering at the summit of Coniston Old Man | Source

There are some fantastic views atop the Old Man

The trig point atop Consiton Old Man with Coniston Water in the distance
The trig point atop Consiton Old Man with Coniston Water in the distance | Source
Looking down on Coniston from the top of the Old Man of Coniston
Looking down on Coniston from the top of the Old Man of Coniston | Source
Wlakers making their way up to the summit of the Old Man- and a rest!!
Wlakers making their way up to the summit of the Old Man- and a rest!! | Source

Head East of the Old Man towards Low Water

The path snakes it's way down to skirt Low Water
The path snakes it's way down to skirt Low Water | Source
You're no won the popular Tourist Route to Coniston Old Man so you'll see plenty of walkers
You're no won the popular Tourist Route to Coniston Old Man so you'll see plenty of walkers | Source
Once you hit the disused old slate quarry follow the main path through. The quarry is in a bad state and really needs some work by the local Tourist Board to make it an attraction and clean it up.
Once you hit the disused old slate quarry follow the main path through. The quarry is in a bad state and really needs some work by the local Tourist Board to make it an attraction and clean it up. | Source

The disused buildings of the former Slate Quarry at Coniston

Remnants of the old state quarry at Coniston in the shadow of the Old Man
Remnants of the old state quarry at Coniston in the shadow of the Old Man | Source
Remnants of the old state quarry at Coniston really need some work by local authorities to clean up the area and even make it an attraction
Remnants of the old state quarry at Coniston really need some work by local authorities to clean up the area and even make it an attraction | Source

The views are just as impressive as you drop down back towards your start point

Looking over at The Bell and Foul Scrow summits with Coniston Water in the distance
Looking over at The Bell and Foul Scrow summits with Coniston Water in the distance | Source
Keep following the path ahead towards Coniston. Aheead is the Car Park at the top of the Walna Scar Road as the path veers to the right (we need to stay straight on)
Keep following the path ahead towards Coniston. Aheead is the Car Park at the top of the Walna Scar Road as the path veers to the right (we need to stay straight on) | Source

Follow the main path with veers to the left and follow back to Coniston

Follow the more prominent path which gives great views of the Coniston Coppermines YHA in the distance
Follow the more prominent path which gives great views of the Coniston Coppermines YHA in the distance | Source
Coniston Coppermines YHA in the distance amongst the Coniston Fells with a network of footpaths in the distance
Coniston Coppermines YHA in the distance amongst the Coniston Fells with a network of footpaths in the distance | Source
Coniston Coppermines Youth Hostel taken from up on the path down from the Old Man
Coniston Coppermines Youth Hostel taken from up on the path down from the Old Man | Source

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