Walk c123 The Old Man of Coniston and Swirl How from Walna Scar Road, Coniston

Lakeland's easiest 'big' mountain


Route outline for walk c123:

Coniston  -  Walna Scar Road  -  Goat's Water  -  The Old Man of Coniston  -  Brim Fell  -  Levers Hawse  -  Swirl Band  -  Swirl How  -  Prison Band  -  Levers Water  -  Walna Scar Road  -  Coniston.




Peak Bagging Statistics for this walk:

hewitt
2
English
Mountains
Wainwright
3
Wainwrights
 English Nuttalls
3
English
Nuttalls
Dewey
0
English
Deweys
Wainwright Outlying Fell
0
Wainwright
Outlying Fells
marilyn
1
Marilyn
Bridget
0
Bridgets

Peak Bagging Statistics for this walk:

The highest point of this walk is The Old Man of Coniston at 803m (2635ft). The Old Man of Coniston is classified as an English Mountain (Hewitt) (37th highest in England, 71st highest in England & Wales) and a Wainwright (No. 30). The Old Man of Coniston is also known as an English Nuttall (45th highest in England, 87th highest in England & Wales) and an English Marilyn (14th highest in England, 387th highest in the UK).

Completing this walk will also take you to the top of Swirl How at 802m (2632ft). Swirl How is classified as an English Mountain (Hewitt) (39th highest in England, 74th highest in England & Wales) and a Wainwright (No. 32). Swirl How is also known as an English Nuttall (47th highest in England, 90th highest in England & Wales).

You will also reach the summit of Brim Fell at 796m (2612ft). Brim Fell is classified as an Wainwright (No. 37). Brim Fell is also known as an English Nuttall (52nd highest in England, 97th highest in England & Wales).

This walk is on Ordnance Survey Maps:

OS Explorer Map OL6
1:25,000 scale (Orange Covers)

OS Landranger Map 89 or 90 & 96 or 97
1:50,000 scale (Pink Covers)


Some Photos and Pictures from Walk c123 The Old Man of Coniston and Swirl How from Walna Scar Road, Coniston

In no particular order . . .

The Old Man of Coniston summit trig point

The Old Man of Coniston summit trig point

Photo: Chris Leonard (10)

Snow on The Old Man of Coniston

Snow on The Old Man of Coniston

Photo: David Mulvey (2)

Great Carrs from Swirl How

Great Carrs from Swirl How

Photo: Stephen Dawson (14)

The Dog House, The Monk Coniston Estate, Coniston

The Dog House, The Monk Coniston Estate, Coniston

Photo: Edward Felstead (13)

Brim Fell summit cairn

Brim Fell summit cairn

Photo: Karen Todd (1)

Coniston Village and Lake Coniston from The Old Man of Coniston

Coniston Village and Lake Coniston from The Old Man of Coniston

Photo: Adrian Kingston (4)

My wife and I on top of Brim Fell summit on a hazy hot July 7th 2013 with Coniston Old Man in the background

My wife and I on top of Brim Fell summit on a hazy hot July 7th 2013 with Coniston Old Man in the background

Photo: Stephen Ellaby (6)

The Old Man of Coniston summit

The Old Man of Coniston summit

Photo: Kathy Gledhill (3)

Dow Crag from Levers Hawse

Dow Crag from Levers Hawse

Photo: David Hayter (342)

Swirl Hause from Swirl How

Swirl Hause from Swirl How

Photo: Nick Snape (16)

Coniston Water from The Old Man of Coniston summit

Coniston Water from The Old Man of Coniston summit

Photo: Darryl Larvin (5)

The tall beacon on the summit of The Old Man of Coniston

The tall beacon on the summit of The Old Man of Coniston

Photo: Christine Shepherd (510)

The Old Man of Coniston from Swirl How summit cairn

The Old Man of Coniston from Swirl How summit cairn

Photo: Chris Leonard (12)

Levers Water and Boulder Vally from Levers Hawse

Levers Water and Boulder Vally from Levers Hawse

Photo: Alister Storey (1)

Morning Light on Coniston

Morning Light on Coniston

Photo: George White (22)

Broughton Moor Inversion from White Maiden and Walna Scar

Broughton Moor Inversion from White Maiden and Walna Scar

Photo: Gerry Ball (9)

Greenburn and Wetherlam from Swirl How

Greenburn and Wetherlam from Swirl How

Photo: Ian Gaylard (25)

Wetherlam from Swirl How

Wetherlam from Swirl How

Photo: Ian Gaylard (24)

Wet Side Edge and Greenburn from Swirl How

Wet Side Edge and Greenburn from Swirl How

Photo: Ian Gaylard (27)

Great Carrs from Top of Broad Slack

Great Carrs from Top of Broad Slack

Photo: Chris Leonard (13)

My friend Annabelle at the summit of Coniston Old Man

My friend Annabelle at the summit of Coniston Old Man

Photo: Barry Carr (1)

Doing the 'Mobot' on the summit of The Old Man of Coniston

Doing the 'Mobot' on the summit of The Old Man of Coniston

Photo: Dave Roberts (11)

Wetherlam from Swirl How

Wetherlam from Swirl How

Photo: David Hayter (176)

Coniston Water from The Old Man of Coniston

Coniston Water from The Old Man of Coniston

Photo: Dave Roberts (10)

Leo Villa Memorial, Coniston

Leo Villa Memorial, Coniston

Photo: Edward Felstead (11)

Crinkle Crags (centre left) with Bow Fell (Bowfell) beyond from near Prison Band below Swirl How

Crinkle Crags (centre left) with Bow Fell (Bowfell) beyond from near Prison Band below Swirl How

Photo: Rob Barklamb (24)

Swirl How Summit

Swirl How Summit

Photo: David Hayter (177)

The summit cairn on The Old Man of Coniston

The summit cairn on The Old Man of Coniston

Photo: Adrian Kingston (5)

Sheep on Swirl How

Sheep on Swirl How

Photo: Ian Gaylard (26)

Coniston from The Old Man of Coniston

Coniston from The Old Man of Coniston

Photo: David Booth (2)

On the summit of The Old Man of Coniston

On the summit of The Old Man of Coniston

Photo: Phil Jackson (3)

Goat's Water from Goat's Hawse

Goat's Water from Goat's Hawse

Photo: Gerry Ball (29)

Lake Coniston & Coniston Village from The Old Man of Coniston

Lake Coniston & Coniston Village from The Old Man of Coniston

Photo: Ian Clarke (2)

Goat’s Water from Goat's Hawse

Goat’s Water from Goat's Hawse

Photo: David Booth (1)

Low Water from the summit of The Old Man of Coniston

Low Water from the summit of The Old Man of Coniston

Photo: Neil Milling (17)

Buck Pike and Dow Crag from the summit of The Old Man of Coniston

Buck Pike and Dow Crag from the summit of The Old Man of Coniston

Photo: Dave Roberts (14)

Wetherlam from The Old Man of Coniston

Wetherlam from The Old Man of Coniston

Photo: Richard Ratcliffe (1)

Snow on The Old Man of Coniston

Snow on The Old Man of Coniston

Photo: Nick Snape (14)

The Final Push onto The Old Man of Coniston

The Final Push onto The Old Man of Coniston

Photo: Rob Pullan (23)

The Trig Point on the summit of The Old Man of Coniston

The Trig Point on the summit of The Old Man of Coniston

Photo: Christine Shepherd (475)

Coniston Village and Coniston Water from The Old Man of Coniston

Coniston Village and Coniston Water from The Old Man of Coniston

Photo: Adrian Kingston (3)

On The Old Man of Coniston summit

On The Old Man of Coniston summit

Photo: Darryl Larvin (8)

The 'Thumbs up' on the summit of The Old Man of Coniston

The 'Thumbs up' on the summit of The Old Man of Coniston

Photo: Dave Roberts (12)

Great Carrs from Swirl How

Great Carrs from Swirl How

Photo: Jon Nuttalls (13)

The Scafell Massif featuring Scafell Pike (centre) and Sca Fell (centre left) from Swirl Band between Swirl How and Levers Hawse

The Scafell Massif featuring Scafell Pike (centre) and Sca Fell (centre left) from Swirl Band between Swirl How and Levers Hawse

Photo: Andy Malcolm (232)

Black Sails and The Furness Fells from the summit of Swirl How

Black Sails and The Furness Fells from the summit of Swirl How

Photo: Ian Gaylard (18)

Wetherlam, Levers Water and Low Water from the top of The Old Man of Coniston

Wetherlam, Levers Water and Low Water from the top of The Old Man of Coniston

Photo: Ian Clarke (1)

Prison Band from Swirl How

Prison Band from Swirl How

Photo: Nick Snape (15)

Donald Campbell's Grave, Coniston

Donald Campbell's Grave, Coniston

Photo: Edward Felstead (12)

Low Water from The Old Man of Coniston

Low Water from The Old Man of Coniston

Photo: Jon Nuttalls (6)

Coniston Water from The Old Man of Coniston

Coniston Water from The Old Man of Coniston

Photo: Steve Brunt (6)

Coniston Valley Inversion from White Maiden and Walna Scar

Coniston Valley Inversion from White Maiden and Walna Scar

Photo: Gerry Ball (8)

Brim Fell Summit

Brim Fell Summit

Photo: David Hayter (343)

Coniston Water from The Old Man of Coniston summit

Coniston Water from The Old Man of Coniston summit

Photo: Darryl Larvin (6)

Snow on The Old Man of Coniston

Snow on The Old Man of Coniston

Photo: David Mulvey (1)

Keld Gill Head, Red Dell Head Moss and Wetherlam from Swirl How

Keld Gill Head, Red Dell Head Moss and Wetherlam from Swirl How

Photo: Jon Nuttalls (10)

The Langdale Pikes from Prison Band

The Langdale Pikes from Prison Band

Photo: Nick Snape (17)

Scafell, Scafell Pike, and Great End from White Maiden and Walna Scar

Scafell, Scafell Pike, and Great End from White Maiden and Walna Scar

Photo: Gerry Ball (7)

Low Water on the way up The Old Man of Coniston

Low Water on the way up The Old Man of Coniston

Photo: Dave Roberts (9)

The Ordnance Survey Triangulation Piller on the summit of The Old Man of Coniston

The Ordnance Survey Triangulation Piller on the summit of The Old Man of Coniston

Photo: Jon Nuttalls (7)

Snow on The Old Man of Coniston

Snow on The Old Man of Coniston

Photo: David Mulvey (4)

The Old Man of Coniston Summit

The Old Man of Coniston Summit

Photo: David Booth (3)

Coniston Water from Swirl How

Coniston Water from Swirl How

Photo: Nick Snape (20)

Snow on The Old Man of Coniston

Snow on The Old Man of Coniston

Photo: David Mulvey (3)

Dow Crag from the path to Goat's Water

Dow Crag from the path to Goat's Water

Photo: Gerry Ball (28)

Coniston Water from The Old Man of Coniston summit

Coniston Water from The Old Man of Coniston summit

Photo: Dave Roberts (16)

The huge summit cairn on Coniston Old Man

The huge summit cairn on Coniston Old Man

Photo: Jon Nuttalls (8)

On the summit of The Old Man of Coniston

On the summit of The Old Man of Coniston

Photo: Dave Roberts (13)

On The Old Man Of Coniston

On The Old Man Of Coniston

Photo: Ian Lawrence (10)

The huge summit cairn on Brim Fell

The huge summit cairn on Brim Fell

Photo: Jon Nuttalls (9)

The S for Sugar Aircraft Crash Memorial between Swirl How, Great Carrs and Grey Friar

The S for Sugar Aircraft Crash Memorial between Swirl How, Great Carrs and Grey Friar

Photo: David Hayter (178)

My wife Imogen, my two boys Jonathan and Matthew and me on Coniston Old Man

My wife Imogen, my two boys Jonathan and Matthew and me on Coniston Old Man

Photo: David LeHunte (1)

Coniston Water from the summit of The Old Man of Coniston

Coniston Water from the summit of The Old Man of Coniston

Photo: Dave Roberts (15)

Low water from The Old Man of Coniston

Low water from The Old Man of Coniston

Photo: Chris Leonard (11)

360 degree panorama featuring Great Gable, Green Gable, Little Scoat Fell & Pillar (distance), Brandreth, Dale Head (Newlands), High Spy, Glaramara, Esk Pike, Great End and Scafell Pike from Base Brown

360 degree panorama featuring Great Gable, Green Gable, Little Scoat Fell & Pillar (distance), Brandreth, Dale Head (Newlands), High Spy, Glaramara, Esk Pike, Great End and Scafell Pike from Base Brown

Photo: Chris Brankin (15)

On The Old Man of Coniston

On The Old Man of Coniston

Photo: Eddie Davies (1)

Red Gill Beck ravine SE of Walna Scar

Red Gill Beck ravine SE of Walna Scar

Photo: Gerry Ball (10)

Brown Pike from The Old Man of Coniston

Brown Pike from The Old Man of Coniston

Photo: David Hayter (345)

Lake Coniston

Lake Coniston

Photo: Liz Halpin (7)

Lake Coniston under a temperature inversion from the car park at Walna Scar Road

Lake Coniston under a temperature inversion from the car park at Walna Scar Road

Photo: Liz Halpin (8)

Coniston Water from The Old Man of Coniston summit

Coniston Water from The Old Man of Coniston summit

Photo: Darryl Larvin (7)

Swirl How summit cairn

Swirl How summit cairn

Photo: Jon Nuttalls (12)

Blake How reflected in Levers Water

Blake How reflected in Levers Water

Photo: David Hayter (340)

Brim Fell End reflected in Levers Water

Brim Fell End reflected in Levers Water

Photo: Carol Furniss (1)

Donald Campbell Memorial, Coniston

Donald Campbell Memorial, Coniston

Photo: Edward Felstead (10)

Levers Water

Levers Water

Photo: David Hayter (341)

The Old Man of Coniston, Brim Fell and Dow Crag from Swirl How

The Old Man of Coniston, Brim Fell and Dow Crag from Swirl How

Photo: Stephen Dawson (20)

The Old Man of Coniston summit from Brim Fell

The Old Man of Coniston summit from Brim Fell

Photo: David Hayter (344)

Brim Fell from Swirl How

Brim Fell from Swirl How

Photo: Jon Nuttalls (11)


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