Coniston Old Man Circular from Coniston  4.67/5 (3)

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Route Summary:

This is the most popular route up Old Man of Coniston, starting directly from Coniston or parking higher up at Walna Scar Car Park for those wanting a less strenuous day out.

This walk includes the Wainwright of The Old Man of Coniston (Coniston Old Man)

This walk includes the Hewitt of The Old Man of Coniston (Coniston Old Man)

This walk includes the Nuttall of The Old Man of Coniston (Coniston Old Man)

11 km 730 m 4 hours

Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.

Start and Finish: Coniston


Plenty of facilities in Coniston.


Remember that we cannot outline every single hazard on a walk – it’s up to you to be safe and competent. Read up on Mountain Safety , Navigation and what equipment you’ll need.

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Coniston Old Man Circular from Coniston Details

The mountain of Coniston Old Man in the Lake District Southern Fells, dominates the village of the same name and makes a tempting walk if you’re in the area. This is the busiest walking route up to the summit of The Old Man of Coniston, and it can be busy. This walk begins from Coniston initially following an easy lane, and you can cut this first section out by parking higher up. From here, a good track ascends the mountain via the tarn of Low Water, and descend via the lake of Goat’s Water returning via Walna Scar Road. You can easily extend this route over Dow Crag and Buck Pike if you want to squeeze a bit more into your mountain day – with that route detailed on our Coniston Old Man via Jack Diamond Path walking route.

For more information on the Old Man of Coniston – read our article detailing All the Walks up Coniston Old Man which has a few further walking options from Coniston, such as the Old Man of Coniston from the Youth Hostel.

Coniston Old Man Circular Walk Route

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