The Old Man Of Coniston via Levers Hawse and Dow Crag Walk
The view to the top of the Old Man
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
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
Follow the sign at the side of the Sun Hotel for The Old Man
Cross the Bridge over Church Beck and turn left along the road
Pass the Coniston Coppermines Youth Hostel
Head left over the footbridge onto a singletrack path
Climb up to view the Low Water Beck Waterfall
Turn right and climb through Boulder Valley towards Levers Water
Follow the trail round the edge of Levers Water
The path turns up Levers Hawse Pass
At the top of Levers Hawse take a left and follow the edge of the ridge
The view out from Goat Hawse
Ascending Dow Crag from Goat Hawse
Drop down from Dow Crag and walk up Coniston Old Man
There are some fantastic views atop the Old Man
Head East of the Old Man towards Low Water
The disused buildings of the former Slate Quarry at Coniston
The views are just as impressive as you drop down back towards your start point
Follow the main path with veers to the left and follow back to Coniston
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