Saturday 30 July, Sunday 31st July 2022.
This weekend offers two guided walks as part of a small group in the Coniston Fells, situated in the South part of the Lake District National Park. There is an option to join one or both days.
Access to these fine set of mountains is usually achieved from Coniston village, an ideal place to stay. Many of the Coniston Fells are flanked by old slate and copper mine workings and quarries, making the area an interesting industrial archaeological site. The mountains are some of the most beautiful in the Lake District with fine views, in particular, over across to the Scafell range of fells. There are some long ridges to be walked here too but also some lovely lower fells worth exploring.
Saturday 30 July - Wetherlam, Swirl How, The Old Man
This is a classic circular walk which takes in the more popular fells of Wetherlam (2500ft/762m), Swirl How (2631ft/802m) and The Old Man of Coniston (2635ft/803m). The gradual climb out of Coniston village, all the way to Wetherlam, allows us to take in the dramatic scenery of this area known as the Copper Mines Valley. From Wetherlam, a stunning ridge traverse (which is never really narrow or exposed) leads us to Swirl How via Prison Band. We remain high in the fells as we complete our circuit by ascending the Old Man of Coniston, the highest in this group of fells; in good weather there are fabulous views over to the Scafell range. Our descent is straightforward via quarries and mine workings to return to Coniston, hopefully in time for some well deserved refreshment!
This walk is about 10 miles/15.6km and involves approx. 3,355ft/1023 metres of ascent.
Saturday 31 July - Dow Crag, Buck Pike, Brown Crag
The magnificent Dow Crag is the main fell visited on today's walk. We leave Coniston village via quiet roads to follow the Walna Scar Road, (a stony track), until we head up and reach Goats Water. This is a lovely tarn to linger for a paddle on a hot day! Dow Crag (2552ft/778m) looms high above the tarn and is a rock climber's paradise with a dramatic face that descends almost to the tarn's shores. We use a well constructed path to ascend the summit via Goats Hawse. Then we follow this fine ridge over Dow Crag, Buck Pike and Brown Pike to return to the Walna Scar Road. Our descent route is via the village of Torver before following the Cumbria Way trail by the shores of Lake Coniston back to the village centre.
This walk is about 10.5miles/17km and involves approx 2470ft/753m of ascent.
Both days involve terrain that is rough, craggy, and steep in places. It may be boggy in other places. The walks are suitable for people with a good level of fitness, previous mountain experience or experience walking with us in the Peak District, and confidence on steep ground that could be slippery underfoot. Should weather conditions be unsuitable to be up in the mountains, an alternative guided walk will be offered in the local area.
The cost to join this guided walk for the weekend is £76 per person, or £38 per day. Please book and pay below.
We will meet each day in the centre of Coniston Village (postcode LA21 8DU) by the road bridge on the A593, very close to the Black Bull Inn. There are ample car parks in the village and final details along with timings will be sent to you after you book.