" " Lake District Trails and Ales: September 2009

Friday, 18 September 2009

Coniston Old Man via Levers Water, September 16th 2009

I have mentioned before how much we like Coniston Old Man. Today was a day when I was supposed to be helping out with a bathroom refit, but the weather was so good it was an opportunity to good to miss. So with the excuse of a dog to walk I set off on a 3 hour stroll over and around the Old Man. There are so many different ways to approach this group of fells. This route starts off on the thoroughfare which leads up from the start of the Walna Scar Road, but instead of following the masses up the main route, you take a footpath on the right handside, just after the first sharp turn to the left in the main footpath, at the start of a slightly steeper ascent. 


Once again within seconds there is hardly anyone to be seen coming this way.  The path which is fairly level at this point leads to Levers Water under Brim Fell and follows it round, with Levers water being on your right hand side.


Eventually the path begins to rise, and rise quite steeply in what is a fairly direct climb to the top of Levers Hawse. At the top you instantly get a feel of the size of the range, with views back round Swirl How, over to the coast and Sellafield and to the top of the Old Man himself.  It was so tempting to wander over to Dow Crag, but given our dog was still less than 6 months old, I decided a direct descent down was needed.  So after passing the picnic hamper brigade next to the Cairn (it always amazes me that people walk over such a vast area of the Lakes and then choose to sit down about 2 metres from someone else to have there lunch), we followed the main path for a couple of hundred meters before jumping off down one of the paths to the right hand side that leads to one of the quarries.  Once again, no one to be seen. Bliss.


Eventually the path joins up with the tracks up from the Walna Scar road and back to the car.  Just time for a quick pint of the Coniston Brewing Company Special Oatmeal Stout at the Black Bull Inn before heading back to the cottage from my dog walk...