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    Old Man of Coniston, Swirl How, and Wetherlam Circular Walk

    Difficulty
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    Hard
    Duration
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    5.5-7.5h
    Distance
    This reflects the return distance of this route as measured by the GPS file.
    14.6 km
    Elevation
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    1,028 m
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    Old Man of Coniston, Swirl How, and Wetherlam Circular Walk Map

    The Old Man of Coniston, Swirl How, and Wetherlam Circular is a challenging Lake District route that will see you climb each of these peaks - as well as a few others - for some truly breathtaking views. From the summit viewpoints, you will enjoy a commanding sightline across the undulating Lake District, with views of several lakes that include the blue expanse of Coniston Water to the southeast. While the initial stretch of this walk up to the summit of Old Man of Coniston is quite busy, the rest of the trail will be fairly quiet.

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    Route Description for Old Man of Coniston, Swirl How, and Wetherlam Circular Walk

    Walking the Old Man of Coniston, Swirl How, and Wetherlam Circular is a popular activity in the Lake District, as you will have the chance to reach the summit viewpoints atop several well Known peaks. The walk begins with the busiest part of the trail leading up to the summit of Old Man of Coniston, where you will enjoy amazingly scenic views of Coniston Water and several smaller lakes in close proximity. From here, you will traverse the summits of Brim Fell and Swirl How on the way to the rugged top of Wetherlam. After enjoying some more amazing views of the surrounding mountains, make your way south along the undulating terrain to return to the village where you began.

    Getting to the Old Man of Coniston, Swirl How, and Wetherlam Circular Walk Trailhead

    To reach the car park for the Old Man of Coniston, Swirl How, and Wetherlam Circular Walk from Skelwith Bridge, drive southwest on the A593 for 8.2 km and turn right to continue on for another 0.2 km. Continue straight here for 35 m before turning right at Station Road. After 69 m, make a left on Old Furness Road and you will find the car park on the right in 126 m.

    Route Information

    • When to do

      March-October

    • Backcountry Campsites

      No

    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly

      No

    • Route Signage

      Average

    • Crowd Levels

      High

    • Route Type

      Circuit

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