This walk takes us to the top of the Blawith Fells, an unnamed summit give the name Beacon Fell by Wainwright. This is a surprisingly impressive viewpoint, sitting a little way away from any other high ground. As a result the views of the high fells are impressive, as is the view of the lower reaches of Coniston Water and the area between the Old Man and the lake. As an added bonus there are also views south towards the sea.
Length: 3.3 miles
Map: The English Lakes - South Western Area (OS Explorer Map Active) (OS Explorer Map Active)
We start from the National Park car park at Brown Howe, on the A 5084 on the southern end of Coniston Water.
Leave the road and follow the clear footpath that runs up this valley, heading towards some overhead cables. Just before the cables turn left onto a path that starts to climb up the slopes of Beacon Fell. At this point things start to get a little unclear. There are quite a few footpaths across this area, and several indistinct rocky ridges, running from north-east to south-west towards the summit. We need to cross the first of these and reach the second ridge, which leads up directly to the summit. Soon after this first junction the path splits again. Take the left-hand branch, and follow it as it crosses a small stream, then climbs up onto this second ridge. After this follow any path that heads up the ridge. If in doubt, head upwards - our target is the highest point in the immediate area, so you can't go wrong with up! Eventually this should bring you onto the summit ridge itself, a very impressive viewpoint.