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Lake District Guided Walk Weekend 2025

This weekend offers two guided walks in the Coniston Fells, situated in the South part of the Lake District National Park.  The mountains are some of the most beautiful in the area with fine views, in particular, across to the Scafell range of fells. Join one or both days.

  • Distance:  8 – 9 miles / 13 – 15km each day.
  • Ascent: 2854 – 3041 feet / 870 – 927m of ascent each day.
  • Difficulty: Harder.
  • Great For:  Hill walkers who are fit to tackle steep ascents
  • Approx Timings: 0915 – 1700 each day. Confirmation when you book.
  • Start/Finish:  Coniston, Cumbria.
  • Location Map >
  • Our Coniston Fells Blog >

£55.00£99.00

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Description

Coniston – it’s Village, Lake and Mountains

Access to Coniston’s fine mountains is usually achieved from Coniston village, at the foot of the fells and on the shores of  Lake Coniston – made famous in Arthur Ransome’s novel, ‘Swallows and Amazons’.  This beautiful lake and village also has a close affinity with its mountains – the Coniston Fells are flanked by disused slate and copper mines dating back to the reign of Elizabeth I, making this area an interesting archaeological site.

Saturday 7 June 2025 – Dow Crag and Coniston Old Man

The Route:  The magnificent summits of Dow Crag and Coniston Old Man are the main fells visited today.  We leave Coniston Lake via quiet meadow paths that take us onto the Walna Scar route – the ancient miners’ track linking Coniston with the Duddon Valley.  We then climb steeply onto a fine ridge, over Brown Pike and Buck Pike, to reach Dow Crag.  At 2552ft/778m, this is one of the Lake District’s finest summits – it’s cliff looms high above Goat’s Water, a rock climber’s paradise with a dramatic face that descends almost to the tarn’s shores.  Our ridge route to Goat’s Hawse again reveals Dow Crag’s dramatic face before we ascend to the Old Man’s summit, the range’s highest fell at  2635ft/803m. As with Wetherlam on Sunday’s walk, far reaching Lakeland views abound – the seascape reveals the coastal hills of Black Comb and even the Isle of Man.   Our descent passes Low Water – a small, corrie tarn nestled below the Old Man’s towering rock face.  We descend through the intriguing remnants  of the mountain’s slate quarries on our descent to the shores of Coniston, where we can enjoy a well-earned cuppa at the lakeside café.

 

Sunday 8 June 2025 – Wetherlam Via Tibblethwaite

The Route: This is a lesser-known route to the summit of Wetherlam (2500ft/762m), via the lovely, quiet valley above Tibblethwaite.  The steady climb out of Coniston, takes us through a high valley to the top of Tibblethwaite  Gill before we head up onto Wetherlam Edge with striking views into the corrie below.  Wetherlam’s stand-alone summit reveals great views on a good day, including the other Coniston Fells and Lake, the Scafell, Langdale and Helvellyn ranges, Morecombe Bay and even Ingleborough in Yorkshire.

A descent via Swirl Hawse takes us to the expansive corrie tarn of Levers Water with the high cliffs of Great How Crags behind.  We pass Simon’s Nick – a huge cleft in a high wall of rock.  Our descent continues into the  Copper Mines Valley.  Mining here dates back to the 16th century and continued until the 1950s; restored buildings and the mill wheel are fascinating legacy of Coniston’s relationship with its fells.  We finish our walk alongside the lovely Church Beck as it tumbles its way down into the village where cafés and pubs are plentiful!

Please note:  On both days, to maximise your enjoyment and safety, it’s possible we may have to alter routes according to weather conditions and party ability.  Alternative routes will be in the same area.

Additional information

The Walk

Coniston – it's Village, Lake and mountains

Access to Coniston's fine mountains is usually achieved from Coniston village, at the foot of the fells and on the shores of  Lake Coniston – made famous in Arthur Ransome's novel, 'Swallows and Amazons'.  This beautiful lake and village also has a close affinity with its mountains – the Coniston Fells are flanked by disused slate and copper mines dating back to the reign of Elizabeth I, making this area an interesting archaeological site.

Saturday 31 August 2024 – Dow Crag and Coniston Old Man

The Route:  The magnificent summits of Dow Crag and Coniston Old Man are the main fells visited today.  We leave Coniston Lake via quiet meadow paths that take us onto the Walna Scar route – the ancient miners’ track linking Coniston with the Duddon Valley.  We then climb steeply onto a fine ridge, over Brown Pike and Buck Pike, to reach Dow Crag.  At 2552ft/778m, this is one of the Lake District’s finest summits – it’s cliff looms high above Goat’s Water, a rock climber's paradise with a dramatic face that descends almost to the tarn's shores.  Our ridge route to Goat’s Hawse again reveals Dow Crag’s dramatic face before we ascend to the Old Man’s summit, the range’s highest fell at  2635ft/803m. As with Wetherlam on Sunday’s walk, far reaching Lakeland views abound – the seascape reveals the coastal hills of Black Comb and even the Isle of Man.   Our descent passes Low Water – a small, corrie tarn nestled below the Old Man’s towering rock face.  We descend through the intriguing remnants  of the mountain’s slate quarries on our descent to the shores of Coniston, where we can enjoy a well-earned cuppa at the lakeside café.

Sunday 1 September – Wetherlam Via Tibblethwaite

The Route: This is a lesser-known route to the summit of Wetherlam (2500ft/762m), via the lovely, quiet valley above Tibblethwaite.  The steady climb out of Coniston, takes us through a high valley to the top of Tibblethwaite  Gill before we head up onto Wetherlam Edge with striking views into the corrie below.  Wetherlam’s stand-alone summit reveals great views on a good day, including the other Coniston Fells and Lake, the Scafell, Langdale and Helvellyn ranges, Morecombe Bay and even Ingleborough in Yorkshire.

A descent via Swirl Hawse takes us to the expansive corrie tarn of Levers Water with the high cliffs of Great How Crags behind.  We pass Simon’s Nick – a huge cleft in a high wall of rock.  Our descent continues into the  Copper Mines Valley.  Mining here dates back to the 16th century and continued until the 1950s; restored buildings and the mill wheel are fascinating legacy of Coniston’s relationship with its fells.  We finish our walk alongside the lovely Church Beck as it tumbles its way down into the village where café’s and pubs are plentiful!

What’s included?

Included
  • Qualified Mountain Leader or Hill and Moorland Leader with Outdoor First Aid Qualifications.
  • Guiding throughout the day with briefing advice and support to ensure your safety.
  • Narrative on local points of interest, wildlife, geology, history and culture.
  • Optional photography of your day which can be shared with you.
  • The option of a free, return lift from a station or bus stop to the start of your walk to encourage sustainable travel. We can only arrange this if we have spare space in our vehicle and the pick-up point is reasonably close to your walk. Ask us when you book.
Not Included:
  • Parking or transport costs associated with your walk.
  • Essential walking kit or food.
  • Navigation equipment and maps for Navigation Courses (we will help if we have spares).

What to Bring

Here’s an Essential Kit Kist for all our walks >

Meeting and Parking

Saturday 7 June 2025 – Dow Crag and Coniston Old Man

We meet at the Car Park Toilets in Coniston Village, Ruskin Avenue, South Lakeland LA21 8EH.  The toilets may require an entrance fee of 50p (coins).  The Pay and Display Car Park (currently) costs £8.50 a day and the machine should accept, card or coins.  RingGo users can pay by calling 01539889209 , SMS 81025 (Location ID 37318)

Please see a Google Map showing the location of the Car Park here.

Sunday 8 June – Wetherlam Via Tibblethwaite

We meet at the Car Park Toilets at Coniston Boating Centre, Lake Road, Coniston,  LA21 8EW.  The Pay and Display Car Park (currently) costs £8 a day and the machine only accepts coins.  RingGo users can pay by calling 01539889209 , SMS 81025 (Location ID 37314).

Please see a Google Map showing the location of the Car Park here.

Facilities

Our Meeting Points: On Saturday there are toilets in Coniston Car Park but there may be a 50p charge (coins) for entrance – a cafe is close by.

 

On Sunday there are toilets and a cafe where we park at Coniston Boating Centre.

 

Around Coniston: Coniston is a lovely, bustling village at the foot of the fells with pubs, a village brewery, hotels, shops, walking shops, small restaurants, cafes, fish and chip shops, a fuel station, youth hostels and other accommodation (see accommodation tab).  It has a museum in remembrance of Donald and Malcolm Campbell, World Water and Land Speed Record holders, and their endeavours on the Lake.   You can also visit John Ruskin, the writer and philosopher’s museum and home.   You can also take a launch or steam gondola along the five mile Lake, walk its beautiful shores, or hire an electric boat, rowing boats and paddleboards. There’s plenty to do!

More Information 

  • See a map of the local area here >.
  • Things to do – Coniston here>.

 

Food for Picnics/Fuel

 

Award Winning Local Beers (at the Bull’s Dead Inn)

Walk Difficulty

These are Harder Walks.  Here is our walk difficulty guide >

FAQs

We have created a separate page of the most frequently asked questions here >

Accommodation

Coniston had a good range of accommodation in the village, not far from the start of our walks.  If you need a lift from your Coniston accommodation to the walk start, just let us know when you book.  Here are some options:

 

Click here to see a Google map of accommodation near this walk’s start.

 

Respect, Protect and Enjoy!

We all want to respect, protect and enjoy the fragile upland environments where we walk, so that they can be enjoyed by generations to come.  Following The Countryside Code really helps…

Respect:
  • Be considerate to those living in, working in and enjoying the countryside
  • Leave gates and property as you find them
  • Do not block access to gateways or driveways when parking
  • Be nice, say hello, share the space
  • Follow local signs and keep to marked paths unless wider access is available
Protect:
  • Take your litter home – leave no trace of your visit
  • Do not light fires and only have BBQs where signs say you can
  • Always keep dogs under control and in sight
  • Dog poo – bag it and bin it – any public waste bin will do
  • Care for nature – do not cause damage or disturbance
Enjoy:
  • Check your route and local conditions
  • Plan your adventure – know what to expect and what you can do
  • Enjoy your visit, have fun, make a memory
Want to know more?
  • Sustainability – our actions and fund raising to support the local environment, communities and economy.
  • Contact Us – ask a question or make a suggestion.