- Friday 17th May 2019
- The Lake District
Our final hike of the week was that to the Old Man of Coniston which is a most notable feature in the Coniston Village.
Coniston is another great spot for exploring the fells, mountains, water and forests.
This village is rooted in a history of quarrying and mining for copper.
The Old Man of Coniston is situated in the Tilberthwaite Slate quarries. Some of these mines date back to Jacobean times and were revitalised in approximately 1859. This was supposedly meant to be an interesting walk with lots of industrial archaeology.
Coniston Old Man is the highest peak in the Furness Fells at 803 meters in height and is a popular destination.
Climbing the Old Man of Coniston felt strange as at parts you are clearly climbing through old quarry workings.
I wasn’t sure if I was fascinated by the industrial archaeology or saddened by the desecration on this natural landscape.
We were undertaking the Circular Route which had us climbing up through the quarry on to the summit of ‘ The Old Man’.
The walk drops down to Low Water before heading to the summit.
From the summit we had the most amazing panoramic views of all the surrounding hills and fells.
We saw over to the Scafell group where we had been the other day and as far as the Isle of Man.
We walked across the broad ridge to the top of Swirl How and then we scrambled down the ridge from the summit before zig-zagging down the trail to Levers Water before rejoining our path at the bottom of the quarry. Then we reluctantly returned to the parking area.
The Old Man if Coniston had been an amazing walk. I found the later side of the walk much more scenic, greener and enjoyable than the drier, grey mining side.