Sue and Martin in Mallorca 2019

Sue and Martin in Mallorca 2019
On the Archduke's Path in Mallorca

Friday, 28 June 2019

Friday 21 June 2019 - The Old Man of Coniston Circuit - Some Photos

My posting relating to our walk up The Old Man of Coniston, see here, was restricted to the four images allowed to me by mobile blogging. Insert more pictures than that and the posting simply disappears. I've learnt the hard way!
So here are a few more images to illustrate that excellent walk. To view them as a slideshow, just click on any image and scroll through the pictures.
We drove up to the Swan at Newby, for posh coffee on a lovely morning.

The car park at the end of the Walna Scar Road tarmac is where the walk started.

The dominant plant in the verges of the track that's the continuation of the Walna Scar Road is, at this time of year, the foxglove.

An air force plane flew up the Coniston valley, some way below us.

Here's Sue heading on up the road, with our first summits in view.

There's a bridge to cross. The stream was hardly in spate, but it did provide a nice foreground to the view across Coniston to Grizedale and beyond.

Here's a panoramic view of the route ahead, with Brown Pike on the left and The OMC on the right. 

Our elevenses rock provided more good views in the direction of Coniston Water and beyond.

Brown Pike was our first summit (682 metres).

From Brown Pike there's a good view back to the high point of the Walna Scar Road, with the Duddon Valley beyond.

Now on Buck Pike, 744 metres, here's a panorama towards the Scafell summits, with Dow Crag on the far right.

The path to Dow Crag reveals fine views to Goat's Water and The OMC.

Dow Crag has a rocky summit - 778 metres.

We took the path you can see on the far right, and headed up The OMC, on a rising path with this fine view back to Dow Crag.

Once on the 803 metre summit of The Old Man of Coniston, (see the picture of Sue at the head of this posting) we were spoilt for choice with the views down to Low Water and Coniston village.

We enjoyed lunch with this magnificent panorama.

The descent was on the busy 'tourist' path, with remnants of the mountain's mining heritage close at hand by way of hawsers and tunnels and other artefacts.

The circuit finished with a very pleasant stroll on an easy path back to the car park.

We visited Jim and Cathy. We are envious of this view from their garden.

Jim and Cathy were in their second or third year at UMIST when I started a degree course there in 1967.

Here's the route Sue and I took - a shade under 11 km, with about 750 metres ascent, taking nearly 4 hours.

A fine day out. I hope you enjoy these pictures taken on a near perfect day.


Sir Hugh said...

Any circuit which takes in The Old Man and Dow Crag is a classic despite the number of people who toil up the most used tourist route. Super photos - I used to do a run starting from the Coniston end of Walna Scar going over Dow Crag first - brilliant.

afootinthehills said...

Lovely photos Martin and a classic walk as Conrad notes. It’s a long time since we were in the Coniston area let alone on The Old Man and Dow Crag. Usually we are in the Lake District about now but for various reasons gave it a miss this year. Your coffee stop looks very inviting I must say.

Phreerunner said...

Thanks Conrad, and Gibson. I'm trying to catch up with your blog postings as well. Sorry to hear you can't make it to the Lakes, Gibson.