Old Man of Coniston and Brim Fell Circular

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Lake District National Park

Old Man of Coniston and Brim Fell Circular is a 5.3 mile loop trail located near Coniston, Cumbria, England that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length5.3 miElevation gain2,011 ftRoute typeLoop
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The Old Man of Coniston has a curious name. “Old Man” is derived from “Alt Maen” meaning “High Stone”, and Coniston comes from the Old Norse “Konigs Tun” or King’s Farm. The mountain has seen extensive copper and slate mining for eight hundred years, and the remains of abandoned mines and tips are a feature of the north-east slopes. There are also several flocks of sheep that are grazed on the mountain, so please keep dogs under control at all times. This is a hard walk on good paths and tracks with steep inclines and declines. The walk follows a circular clockwise route from a parking area on Walna Scar road. It sets off in a westerly direction along Walna Scar road itself, before heading north to Goat’s Water. You can swim in this tarn to cool off if you want - pleasantly refreshing on a hot day. The trail then continues past Goat's Hawse to the summit of Brim Fell, before heading to the summit of the Old Man of Coniston, known by many as Coniston Old Man. From the summit there are excellent panoramic views of all surrounding hills and fells. The trail then returns to the parking area where you started.

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brian Barton
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tough really enjoyed it good weather

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Jen Fairbanks
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Valerie Anirah
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Lovely trail, easy to follow. Weather changes at the top, very windy and low visibility.

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Jack Barwise
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Great walk. Not difficult but offered more than just a clear and well bedded path so could scramble up some of the faces. Gorgeous views. Go!

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Julie Patchouli
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Daniel O'Donnell
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Daniel O'Donnell
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George Perry
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Great route. Last section seems to go off the track so would recommend staying on the stone path.

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James Hoggarth
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Ive done alot of climbs in the lake district. This was one of the easier ones but the most rewarding for the views. Snow at the top made it even better. Highly recommend

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shaun p
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annette mcqueen
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Kate Mills
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What a fantastic walk unfortunatly the app was draining my battery so had to turn the tracker off as i got to the summit of old man Coniston. We went up the shear side of the mountain and it was a bit of a scramble with ice and snow still present but the beautiful views were amazing I would definalt do it the way we did past the bell first because coming down would of been more dangerous.

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Philippa Barber
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Great walk! It’s definitely steep and a bit of a scramble to get to the top. The copper mines on the way down (we went clockwise) are a brilliant sight.

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Nancy Bainbridge
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Had gorgeous weather for this walk which made it very enjoyable. We opted to do the walk anticlockwise and it is a bit of a scramble up but definitely do-able and the views are totally worth it.

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Richard Johns
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This was mine and my wife’s 1st serious walk,it is tough but is very doable,awesome views all round the circuit with plenty off seasoned walkers to give you a bit off advise (if needed)will defo be back to do again at some point..

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E Forde
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Damien Hanlon
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olivia croft
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Stephen Moss
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Slightly challenging route, great weather for it. Started off at the Walna Scar car park and then headed up towards Low Water before the final accent which required some scrambling. Lovely views at the top where you are able to take in what the Lake District has to offer you. Headed back down between Old Man and Dow Crag, walking past Goats Water before you get onto the gravel path leading to Walna Scar Road.

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Kory Wah
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Great day. We followed the arrows on the app (anti-clockwise) so it was steep going up but the back route going down was easier on the legs. Weather was perfect and it took under 4 hours up and down. Highly recommend

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Sam Higham
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Tom Richard
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This is a genuinely hard walk. It’s constant incline / elevation from the start, more a climb than a hike. Make sure to use the car park at the base and not walk it from Coniston water as we did, because it’s a calf killer! Saying that, the views are absolutely spectacular and 100% worth the effort, second to none!

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Jody Davis
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Lovely walk. Definitely easier to go anti clockwise. Bit of a scramble going up but views at the top are incredible and it's easier going down anti clockwise down the steps and path at the side of the tarn.

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Leonie Mackereth
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It was ok the weather put a downer on the walk so always make sure it’s a nice clear day to see the stunning views. It’s not just under 5miles it’s more 7miles, very simple moderate route

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Hayley Price
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sam matthew
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