The Coniston Coppermines

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8.9 km
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494 m
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The Coniston Coppermines

Walking the Coniston Coppermines Trail is a fun Lake District experience that will take you uphill through some rugged terrain to reach the shores of Levers Waters. While out on the trail you will experience some breathtaking scenery, as you walk below the majestic formation known as the Old Man of Coniston and look back across the blue expanse of Coniston Water below. This trail will also appeal to walkers with historical interests, as the trail passes through an area that has been mined since the 1600s.

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Route Description for The Coniston Coppermines

The Coniston Coppermines Trail is a fantastic walking route that will take you along some moderately challenging Lake District terrain to experience some truly spectacular scenery. The route climbs uphill at the foot of several rugged peaks in an area that has been used for mining operations dating back to the 1600s. The combination of breathtaking scenery, rugged terrain, and historical interests makes this route suitable for a wide variety of walkers.

Setting out from the edge of Coniston, the trail leads to the northwest to traverse the lower slopes of Yew Pike. Here, you will make your way across the hillside and enjoy the views of the mining operations below, with the Old Man of Coniston and Brim Fell towering above to the west. Eventually, you will pass by several small waterfalls and arrive at the calm shores of Levers Water, briefly walking along its edge before turning to the south. Here, you will have some amazing views overlooking the valley below, including Coniston Water off in the distance beyond the village. This portion of the walk will see you descend the rugged terrain around The Bell and cross the open fields towards the road. Turn to the north and follow the trail that runs parallel to the road to return to the village where you began your adventure.

Getting to the The Coniston Coppermines Trailhead

To reach the trailhead for the Coniston Coppermines from Skelwith Bridge, drive southwest on the A593 for 8.2 km and turn right. Continue on for 126 m to arrive at the starting point of the walk. Parking can be found nearby in the village.

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    Yes - On Leash

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    Older Children only

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