Coniston Old Man sunrise

Start point: Walna Scar road (SD 289 970)

Walna Scar car park – Boo Tarn – The Old Man of Coniston – Brim Fell – Brim Fell Rake – Low Water – Below Beck Fells – Walna Scar car park

Distance: 4.1 miles     Total Ascent: 630 metres     Time Taken: 1 hour 45 minutes     Start Time: 07:15

Weather: Cold, 0C!

Today looked like it would be a promising one with the prospect of crystal clear views with sub zero temperatures overnight so I thought I would take advantage of the relatively late sunrise (08:10) and set off for the Old Man in the dark. I was hindered at the beginning as annoyingly I managed to lose the end from my hydration bladder somewhere meaning that liquid was spilling all over without anything in place to stop it. There was nothing for it but to disassemble it and reconnect when required. All this faffing around hindered me a bit so I didn’t quite make the top for the sunrise but witnessed it on the way up instead.

Coniston Old Man Route Map

Coniston Old Man

Start point: Walna Scar road (SD 289 970)

Walna Scar car park – Boo Tarn – The Old Man of ConistonBrim Fell – Brim Fell Rake – Low Water – Below Beck Fells – Walna Scar car park

Distance: 4.1 miles     Total Ascent: 630 metres     Time Taken: 1 hour 45 minutes     Start Time: 08:30

Weather: Cold, turning very wintry. 3C

Today looked to be a good day for a walk on the fells, the opportunity arose so I took it and I’m glad I got there early as the weather certainly took a turn for the worse in a very short space of time. Nice to be out again, sorry about the lack of walks on the site but there are plenty of other things to occupy my time at the moment! I still intend to update as and when and who knows I may even fill in the gaps one day…

Coniston Old Man Route Map

Coniston Old Man

Start point: Walna Scar road (SD 289 970)

Walna Scar car park – Boo Tarn – The Old Man of ConistonBrim Fell – Brim Fell Rake – Low Water – Below Beck Fells – Walna Scar car park

Distance: 4.1 miles     Total Ascent: 630 metres     Time Taken: 1 hour 45 minutes     Start Time: 08:30

Weather: Bright, sunny and warm. 20C

The boys were back in town!

Coniston-Old-Man-Route-Map

Coniston Old Man and Brim Fell Rake

Start Point: Walna Scar road (SD 289 970)

Walna Scar car park – Boo Tarn – The Old Man of ConistonBrim Fell – Brim Fell Rake – Boulder Valley – Walna Scar car park

Distance: 4 miles    Total Ascent: 647 metres     Time Taken: 5 hours     Start Time: 08:00

Weather: Wet and windy, clearing. 10°C

Today I had a walk with Clive Hutchby who is currently updating his 4th Wainwright Book ‘The Southern Fells’ – naturally I was keen to have a look at The Old Man and Brim Fell Rake with him as I have walked both once or twice in the past. The initially poor weather thankfully cleared up after a short while but the wind remained quite chilly at times. If you haven’t checked out the latest Wainwright book updates, they are fantastic and Clive has made a great job of bringing them bang up to date. Signed copies are available here (the cover photos are okay too 🙂 )

Brim-Fell-Rake

 

Coniston Old Man

Start point: Walna Scar road (SD 289 970)

Walna Scar car park – Boo Tarn – The Old Man of ConistonBrim Fell – Brim Fell Rake – Low Water – Below Beck Fells – Walna Scar car park

Distance: 4.1 miles     Total Ascent: 630 metres     Time Taken: 1 hour 45 minutes     Start Time: 07:30

Weather: Bright, sunny and warm. 16C

What a gorgeous morning, the sun was certainly shining this morning and the fells were glowing with it – time for one of our favourites.

Coniston-Old-Man-Route-Map

Coniston

Start point: Walna Scar road (SD 289 970)

Walna Scar car park – Boo Tarn – The Old Man of ConistonBrim Fell – Brim Fell Rake – Low Water – Below Beck Fells – Walna Scar car park

Distance: 4.1 miles     Total Ascent: 630 metres     Time Taken: 2 hours 30 minutes     Start Time: 08:15

Weather: Bright, sunny and warm above the clouds. 10C

The predicted weather forecast turned out to be correct today – the low lying fog was due to stay put whilst up above there would be sunshine. It was fabulous day up there, really warm and a different world to that at valley level. I’m glad I made the effort to get up there as good weather hardly seems likely until we got there.

Coniston Old Man Route Map

Coniston Old Man Route Map.

Brim Fell

Height: 796 metres / 2612 feet Grid reference: SD 27074 98556 Category: The Southern Fells

Brim Fell lies a short way along an easy ridge from Coniston Old Man.

Helvellyn from Brim Fell

Helvellyn from Brim Fell

Beyond The Old Man summit there is a thick layer of cloud over Morecambe Bay and the low lying valleys are covered in mist.

Beyond The Old Man summit there is a thick layer of cloud over Morecambe Bay and the low lying valleys are covered in mist.

The Scafells from Brim Fell.

The Scafells from Brim Fell.

A windy Brim Fell summit

A windy Brim Fell summit

Coniston Round

Start Point: Walna Scar road (SD 289 970)

Walna Scar road – Coniston Old ManBrim Fell – Levers Hawse – Grey FriarGreat CarrsSwirl How – Prison Band – Swirl Hawse – Levers Water – Boulder Valley – Walna Scar road

Distance: 8.5 miles     Total Ascent: 968 metres     Time Taken: 4 hours 30 minutes     Start Time: 07:15

Weather: Breezy, cold on top, 12°C

Today’s walk involved an early start to take in a round of the Coniston fells. It was a solitary walk today and there was no-one around and that wind was oh-so cold, I think I have forgotten what it can be like given all the recent warm weather we have had – brrr! This walk will feature in an issue of Trail Magazine soon.

Coniston Round

Coniston Fells

Start Point: Walna Scar road (SD 289 970)

Walna Scar road – Coniston Old ManBrim Fell – Levers Hawse – Great How Great CarrsSwirl How – Prison Band – Swirl Hawse – Levers Water – Boulder Valley – Walna Scar road

Distance: 7 miles     Total Ascent: 862 metres     Time Taken: 4 hours     Start Time: 07:30

Weather: Some sunny spells, cool on top with showers, 16°C

The Coniston fells were shrouded in mist when I set off and they were in and out of the clouds all morning as the sun tried its best to shine through. It is a great ridge walk from The Old Man to Swirl How and a fair while since I have done it – I’m glad I did today as I enjoyed it and saw no one this Monday morning.

Coniston Fells Map

Coniston Old Man

Start Point: Walna Scar road (SD 289 970)

Walna Scar car park – Boo Tarn – The Old Man of ConistonBrim Fell – Brim Fell Rake – Boulder Valley – Walna Scar car park

Distance: 4 miles     Total Ascent: 647 metres     Time Taken: 2 hours 30 minutes     Start Time: 13:40

Weather: Windy and overcast, 8°C

Today’s walk was done with a little sadness as I went with Dougal to scatter Casper’s ashes up on The Old Man with Angus – now they can both look down on us and we, of course, can look up to them and remember the good times. If you remember, spare our two boys a little thought next time you are up there…

Brim Fell Rake

Coniston Old Man

Start point: Walna Scar road (SD 289 970)

Walna Scar car park – Boo Tarn – The Old Man of ConistonBrim Fell – Brim Fell Rake – Low Water – Below Beck Fells – Walna Scar car park

Distance: 4.3 miles     Total Ascent: 630 metres     Time Taken: 2 hours 30 minutes     Start Time: 06:30

Weather: Cold and windy. 3oC.

It was predicted to be a clear day today so I set off early to catch the sunrise from The Old Man – I wasn’t disappointed and the early start was well worth the effort. Nice to bump into a group of StridingEdge fans on the way down – the only people I saw all morning.

Coniston Old Man

Walna Scar road (SD 289 970)

Walna Scar car park – Boo Tarn – The Old Man of ConistonBrim Fell – Brim Fell Rake – Low Water – Below Beck Fells – Walna Scar car park

Distance: 4.3 miles     Total Ascent: 630 metres     Time Taken: 2 hours 30 minutes     Start Time: 10:50

Weather: Warm but overcast. 21oC.

After all the wonderful weather over the fells that I have been jealously eyeing from afar, today was…dull! Not to worry, I didn’t let the weather and lack of views spoil the feeling of the freedom of the fells. It was fantastic to be back up there (Dougal thinks so too!) and we followed the old favourite ‘McMahon Route’ to The Old Man, returning via Brim Fell Rake.

Coniston Old Man

Walna Scar road (SD 289 970)

Walna Scar car park – Boo Tarn – The Old Man of Coniston – Brim Fell – Brim Fell Rake – Low Water – Below Beck Fells – Walna Scar car park

Distance: 4.3 miles     Total Ascent: 630 metres     Time Taken: 2 hours 30 minutes     Start Time: 09:30

Weather: Cold with a strong wind on top. 3°C

The weather turned out much better than I thought it would today – it was a proper winter’s day up on The Old Man, all blue sky and snow, just lovely. That was a good choice Casper lad!

Coniston Sunrise

Start point: Walna Scar road (SD 289 970)

Walna Scar car park – Coniston Old Man Brim Fell Goat’s  Hawse Dow Crag Buck Pike – Blind Tarn – Walna Scar car park

Distance: 5.3 miles     Total Ascent: 780 metres     Time Taken: 3 hours     Start Time: 07:20

Weather: Freezing, some cloud. 0oC

It has been really cold and clear for the last couple of days so I wanted to get high on a fell to catch a glorious sunrise this morning and I wasn’t disappointed with the one I got – the view from the Old Man was fabulous this morning, one to remember for a while.

Coniston Old Man

Start point: Walna Scar road (SD 289 970)

Walna Scar car park – Boo Tarn – The Old Man of ConistonBrim Fell – Brim Fell Rake – Low Water – Below Beck Fells – Walna Scar car park

Distance: 4.3 miles     Total Ascent: 630 metres     Time Taken: 3 hours     Start Time: 10:50

Weather: Cold, snow. 5oC.

I saw Scafell through a parting in the clouds earlier this morning and could see that there was snow on the tops. It was a good bet that others would have snow on too and on the way to Coniston I could see that those tops were also dusted with snow. It only seems like 5 minutes ago since summer but there you go – full blown winter conditions on the fells once more.

 

 

Coniston Old Man

Start point: Walna Scar road (SD 289 970)

Walna Scar car park – Low Water – Brim Fell Rake – Brim Fell The Old Man of Coniston Boo Tarn – Walna Scar car park

Distance: 4.3 miles     Total Ascent: 630 metres     Time Taken: 2 hours     Start Time: 09:25

Weather: Heavy showers. 12°C

After a month of solid work, work, work it was nice to get out again today. I was determined to do it whatever the weather – today was not about sunshine and views, it was about fresh air and being alive.

The Old Man of Coniston

Start point: Walna Scar road (SD 289 970)

Walna Scar car park – Boo Tarn – The Old Man of ConistonBrim Fell – Brim Fell Rake – Low Water – Below Beck Fells – Walna Scar car park

Distance: 4.3 miles     Total Ascent: 630 metres     Time Taken: 2 hours 15 minutes     Start Time: 09:20

Weather: Cold and clear. 2C

Everywhere looked to be covered in cloud when I set off from home this morning, especially further to the east. When I was driving towards the Coniston fells they had a big cloud cap on them too, but I thought it would clear when the sun rose a little and thankfully this turned out to be right. It was really clear up there today and it was superb walking the ridge to Brim Fell in those conditions, beautiful and crisp with virtually no one around.

King of the Fells

Start point: Walna Scar road (SD 289 970)

Walna Scar car park – Boo Tarn – The Old Man of Coniston Brim Fell – Brim Fell Rake – Low Water – Walna Scar car park

Distance: 4.3 miles     Total Ascent: 613 metres     Time Taken: 2 hours 15 minutes     Start Time: 09:30

Weather: Clear above the haze layer, 8C

It was a beautiful morning once more after a cold and frosty start; at low level there was a haze layer but I managed to get above this on the climb to The Old Man. There was a reason for climbing up there today other than it being a great walk…

The Coniston Fells

Start point: The Sun Inn, Coniston (SD 300 975)

Coniston – Walna Scar road – Brown PikeBuck PikeDow Crag Goat’s  Hawse – Coniston Old Man  – Brim Fell Levers Hawse –  Great How Swirl How – Prison Band – Swirl Hawse – Levers Water – Boulder Valley – Coppermines Valley – Coniston

Distance: 10.2 miles    Total Ascent: 1085 metres     Time Taken: 5 hours 30 minutes

Weather: Cold and clear. -4°C

I actually came to Coniston yesterday (Wednesday 6th January) to walk theses fells but decided against it due to the heavy snow when I arrived there – I knew the fells would still be there another day and surely enough, this morning turned out lovely and clear. This would be fantastic and memorable day for a walk on the fells. According to Radio Cumbria, last night was the coldest ever recorded in Cumbria with a temperature of -14.5C recorded at Carlisle. When I got to Coniston it was -9C, so I knew it would be pretty cold today. As it turned out, it was quite warm in the sunshine but when in the wind or shade, then it was particularly noticeable how cold it really was.

Coniston Old Man

Start point: Walna Scar road (SD 289 970)

Walna Scar car park – Goat’s Hawse – Goat’s Water – Brim Fell The Old Man of Coniston – Walna Scar car park

Distance: 4.5 miles     Total Ascent: 620 metres     Time Taken: 2 hours

Weather: Sunny and clear, cooling. <8oC.

It was so clear and sunny today you would hardly think it was the same time of year as the rest of the previous week when it has been raining almost incessantly. I found time for a late afternoon walk and with those blue skies I was confident of seeing a decent sunset so tried to time my walk accordingly. I must admit I thought I had left it too late when I was walking beneath Dow Crag, it was so dark and cold there. Dougal joined us today for his first ‘bigger’ walk at 7 months old and of course we were recognised (along with Casper, the two of them together are unmistakable!) and then he was fussed over at every opportunity by passing walkers. He took the whole thing in his stride of course and he is turning out to be a great pretender to the fell masters throne.

Coniston Old Man

Start point: Walna Scar road (SD 289 970)

Walna Scar car park – Boo Tarn – The Old Man of Coniston Brim Fell – Brim Fell Rake – Low Water – Walna Scar car park

Distance: 4.3 miles     Total Ascent: 613 metres     Time Taken: 3 hours 45 minutes

Weather: Overcast, cold wind. 15C.

Today was the third StridingEdge group walk which was up to The Old Man of Coniston via the now officially named (well, it is in our house!) McMahon Route, a brilliantly graded walk across Little Arrow Moor and then up the south ridge of the Old Man. Joining me on the walk were StridingEdge viewers who expressed an interest in coming for a walk with me and Casper and it was great to meet everyone – some new faces and some old stalwarts of our walks. It was a good walk in great company, pity the weather wasn’t kinder to us today…maybe next time.

Coniston Fells

Start point: Walna Scar road (SD 289 970)

Walna Scar road – The Old Man of Coniston  Brim Fell  Levers Hawse – Great How  Swirl How – Prison Band – Swirl Hawse – Levers Water – Boulder Valley – Walna Scar road

Distance: 6.2 miles     Total Ascent: 770 metres     Time Taken: 3 hours

Weather: Sunny, hazy and cool. 0°C.

 

The conditions were a little strange up on Coniston today, oddly cold – yet warm and clear – yet hazy! I never quite got above the haze layer today but the sun did manage to break through at times. The temperature was below freezing when I set off and when I returned yet in the sunshine it was really warm with the temperature only seemingly plummeting in the breeze at the top.