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Dow Crag & the Old Man of Coniston
Introduction to Walk 1217

Photo from the walk - Dow Crag & the Old Man of Coniston

Nat Park - Lake District - Lake District Southern Fells

County/Area - Cumbria

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 8.5 miles / 13.8 km

Ascent - 3040 feet / 921 metres

Time - 5 hours 50 minutes

Grade - mod/hard

This Lake District walk includes a fine array of Lake District mountains including Dow Crag and the Old Man of Coniston. Other peaks include Brown Pike and Buck Pike. The Old Man of Coniston can be very busy but this approach avoids most of the crowds. The walking is excellent, the views wonderful and the hike provides an excellent day in the fells. Wainwrights included in this walk are - Dow Crag, Coniston Old Man. A GPS File is available for download (see walk description). A route profile is also provided.


 

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Walks from the same start

Walk 1761
Tom Heights and Tarn Hows from Coniston
Grade - easy/mod
Length - 7.0 miles / 11.4 km
Walk 3028
Tarn Hows & Tom Gill from Coniston
Grade - easy/mod
Length - 6.5 miles / 10.6 km
Walk 3220
Wetherlam from Coniston by Red Dell
Grade - moderate
Length - 7.0 miles / 11.4 km

Other walks nearby

Walk 1911
1.0 miles / 1.6 km away
Coniston's Magnificent Seven
Grade - hard
Length - 13.0 miles / 21.1 km
Walk 3110
1.8 miles / 2.9 km away
The Old Man of Coniston & Dow Crag from Torver
Grade - mod/hard
Length - 8.5 miles / 13.8 km
Walk 2033
2.2 miles / 3.5 km away
Wetherlam from Tilberthwaite
Grade - moderate
Length - 5.0 miles / 8.1 km
Walk 3320
2.9 miles / 4.6 km away
A Grizedale Tarn circular
Grade - easy
Length - 2.5 miles / 4.1 km
Walk 3410
3.1 miles / 5.0 km away
Latterbarrow from Hawkshead
Grade - easy
Length - 4.0 miles / 6.5 km
Walk 3508
3.6 miles / 5.8 km away
The Crinkle Crags from Wrynose Pass
Grade - easy/mod
Length - 5.0 miles / 8.1 km
Walk 1134
3.8 miles / 6.0 km away
Wetherlam and The Carrs from Little Langdale
Grade - mod/hard
Length - 10.8 miles / 17.5 km
Walk 2270
3.8 miles / 6.0 km away
Tilberthwaite and Holme Fell from Little Langdale
Grade - easy/mod
Length - 5.5 miles / 8.9 km
Walk 1058
4.1 miles / 6.5 km away
Beacon Fell & Beacon Tarn circular
Grade - easy/mod
Length - 4.0 miles / 6.5 km
Walk 1124
4.2 miles / 6.6 km away
Beacon Tarn & The Beacon, near Torver
Grade - easy/mod
Length - 4.0 miles / 6.5 km

Note : The distances quoted to other walks in the vicinity are measured in a straight line. The distance by road may be further.

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