Levers Water Walk Coniston

A rigorous walk ascending towards the Old Man of Coniston, this Levers Water walk ascends alongside Levers Waterfall, circles the tarn and comes down via Boulder Valley and Church Beck.

Walk to Church Beck

This dramatic walk, described in many Lake District guide books, begins at the National Park Authority car park in Coniston village, on the B5285 (follow signs for the tourist information centre). This is a strenuous walk to Levers Water, but the dramatic views of Coniston’ Boulder Valley and the surrounding fells are worth it.
  • From the village, head to Yewdale Road and turn left opposite the post office, up a cul-de-sac between the Black Bull Hotel and the Co-Op.
  • The road runs alongside Church Beck and you will quickly find yourself out of the village and surrounded by fields, heading towards Wetherlam and Long Crag.
  • The road narrows to a single, rough track and is signed ‘Coppermines Youth Hostel’.
  • The lane climbs gradually uphill, and once over the cattle grid you will start to get a view back to Coniston Water.

Rigorous Coniston Walk

Continue past Millers Bridge and another waterfall towards a white youth hostel ahead. Keep straight ahead at the fork, keeping Levers Water Beck on your left.
  • Pass the youth hostel to a stone hut and past another waterfall towards Low Water Beck.
  • Above the waterfall take the left fork towards an iron footbridge.
  • Go right, uphill, leaving the beck, towards towards Levers Waterfall.
  • At a small plateau, go right, zigzagging up the hill past a small cave and an open mine shaft.
  • Approach the waterfall to a dam wall and Levers Water.

Walk to Boulder Valley

You could turn left here, cross the river and head back. A more interesting option is to make the 1 mile circuit anti-clockwise around the reservoir.
  • Follow the path round the tarn to Swirl Hawse Beck, where it gets boggy. Go right, down to the shore and you should be able to traverse the rocks.
  • Climb above the bog to join a path on the right. Go left following the shore to the dam.
  • Follow the path to Boulder Valley and approach a spoil tip on the right. Continue below the tip and follow a path coming in from the right, about 40m before the dam wall.
  • Climb the spoil tip and pass the mine opening on the left.
  • Continue up the hill past a second fence and then bear left uphill: don’t continue straight on or you will end up on the scree.

Coppermines Valley

Climb to the saddle between a grassy knoll on your left and the scree on your right, passing a large, flat-topped boulder and continue down to the grassy valley, with superb views of Coniston Water and the Coppermines Valley to the left.
  • Cross over the beck and past a huge boulder. The path continues across the flanks of the Old Man, crossing another beck and then on to a scree. You will pass a mine entrance on the right (do not enter).
  • At the T-junction and a large beck, turn left and walk downhill. Go straight on at the fork a little further on and towards the youth hostel and a gate in a stone wall.
  • Go through and traverse a field and through another gap in a stone wall. Continue downhill.
  • Follow the path alongside Levers Water Beck once more and to Millers Bridge.

Alternative Coniston Walk Route

You could retrace your steps from here to the carpark, or take a detour past the bridge without crossing it and through a kissing gate.

  • With the beck on the other side, walk down a field to a slate workshop. Bear left to cross another beck from the right and towards an idyllic wooded spot by the river.
  • Continue down the track to arrive at Dixon Ground farm. Go through the gate on to the tarmac road and turn right. At the T-junction next to the Sun Inn, turn left and follow the road down to the village, emerging beside the road bridge in the centre of Coniston.