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Old Man of Coniston, Swirl How and Wetherlam Circular Walk

Lake District National Park

Old Man of Coniston, Swirl How and Wetherlam Circular Walk is a 9.1 mile loop trail located near Coniston, Cumbria, England that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Distance: 9.1 miles Elevation Gain: 3,372 feet Route Type: Loop


nature trips


bird watching



wild flowers



no shade

historic site

An incredible day of hiking in the Lake District. Abnormally warm and dry conditions, for this time of the year. Lots of people on the way up to Old Man of Conniston, but relatively quiet for the rest of the day. The ridge walk from Old Man to Brim Fell Rake was out of this world. Relatively easy hiking up to Swirl How, and going down the prison band you did have to be careful to watch your footing. From the top of Wetherlam there are various options down. Note: for this loop it is best to park in the P parking lot above the town and not take the road up to the typical parking spot of Old Conniston. There is a great pub at the bottom.

8 months ago

Completed at the start of July 2019. Really great hike, tough going in places and you definitely need to be wearing hiking boots for this one. Remember to take enough water as there aren't really any streams en route. The summit of the Old Man of Coniston is reached relatively early in the hike so remember to pace yourself, and save some energy for the last 500m which is on the very steep road from Coniston back to the carpark.

5 months ago

Mon Oct 27 2014