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near Coniston, England (United Kingdom)
The hike starts at the Pay & Display car park on Old Furness Road in Coniston, past The Sun Inn and onwards up the eastern path to the summit. From here there are plenty of options to return to your starting point; this hike takes in a small loop along the northern ridge and back down a very steep scramble to the larger of the two bodies of water before slowly descending to the start point. If you done have waterproof shoes you don’t have to cross at the stream - there is a bridge further on.
A popular meeting point to start this hike.
Follow this path. If you want to take the longer route anti-clockwise you can join the path on the right a little further up. Otherwise keep the stream to your right and keep going.
There is a crossing point here and also a style where you can jump over and cross the stream a little further up.
A nice flat spot with good views to take a break and some food!
The lower and smaller of the two bodies of water
You’ve made it! This is the ridge line to follow to make this hike a longer loop.
Along the ridge; Here you can take the lower or upper path. The lower path is longer but a little more sheltered. The upper part has stunning 360 degree views.
Our route took us down a a steep scramble over the next ridge in the right. The path isn’t visible from the top but it appears after 50 metres of so of descent.
The path we took is the rocky scramble to the right of the ridge centre picture
Our route is the rocky scramble that starts in shadow in the centre of this picture.
From here either continue the left path or take the lower road that follows the stream for an easier descent.
If you took the higher path on the descent a little earlier then it comes out here.
A little further on from here you can cross the stream and jump the style (as we did) or cross a little further on at a bridge.
This is the style to jump if you choose to cross the stream. At this point our route joins the path we took on the way up.
This is the bridge to cross if you don’t fancy wet feet!