Coniston Old Man

Coniston Old Man

Southern Lake District

Route: Coniston Old Man and Brim Fell

Area: Southern Lake District

Date of walk: 14th June 2014

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 7.1 miles

Weather: cloudy with some sunny spells – warm and humid

We parked in the car park at the top of Walna Scar Road and followed the popular path up through the old quarries as far as Low Water. From there we climbed up Brim Fell Haws along a very faint and clearly little used path. We were the only people going up this way today. It was a steady but easy climb up to the summit of Brim Fell and a simple stroll from there up to Coniston Old Man

The summit of the Old Man was the highest point of the walk, but for us it was the lowest – a crowd of people hogging the summit cairn, talking loudly to each other or into their mobile phones and seemingly oblivious to the spectacular mountain scenery around them. Wainwright would have turned in his grave, though reading his description of the fell, things were just the same then as they are now

We didn’t linger there and descended to Goat’s Water, and as we did so admired the intimidating wall of Dow Crags – and the climbers ascending it. It was an easy walk back to the car park and we both agreed that we’d had a brilliant walk, marred only by the crowd scene on the Old Man – a minor irritation lasting two minutes and insignificant in comparison with the four hours of enjoyment we’d had

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