More walks available at Walks in The Lake District
The walk follows a circular route from a parking area on Walna Scar road, near Coniston in the Lake District. It sets off in a westerly direction along Walna Scar road itself, which is now a track, before turning northwards to start the real climbing over Brown Pike, Buck Pike and Dow Crag. The walk drops down to Goat's Hawse before heading to the summit of the Old Man of Coniston, known by many as Coniston Old Man. From the summit there are excellent panoramic views of all surrounding hills and fells, from Black Combe around to the Pennines taking in the Scafell group to the North and as far as the Isle of Man to the West, along with Blind Tarn and Goat's Water below. From the summit, the walk zig-zags down to Low Water before returning to the parking area through the remains of a bygone era in this part of the Lakes - copper mining.
A circular from Elterwater village initially following the Cumbria Way past Elterwater itself and on past Skelwith Force to reach Skelwith Bridge. On this section there are great views back towards the Langdales. There is a cafe at Skelwith Bridge. From there the Cumbria Way is followed to Colwith Force, another delightful waterfall in some secluded woods and then on to the much photographed Slater Bridge. The walk heads on by Little Langdale, with views of Little Langdale tarn before heading back down to Elterwater.
The circular walk as described starts from Pelter Bridge car park, but can be started anywhere enroute - plenty of parking in Grasmere itself. The walk heads initially around Rydal Water taking in a few caves. It then heads around Grasmere and then on into Grasmere itself, where you can avail yourself of the many cafes! The walk then heads out past Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth museum. The walk then heads through the woods before reaching Rydal Mount, one of the homes of William Wordsworth, before heading back to the car park. All the way around the walk are wonderful views across the lakes and of the surrounding fells.