Coniston Coppermines #1
CREDIT: Mike Kitson LRPS

Coniston Coppermines

Event info

This trip will be led by one of our landscape group members, Mike Kitson LRPS.

Coppermines valley is situated above Coniston in the Lake District. This hanging valley has provided inspiration to artists from J.S Turner to William Heaton Cooper and is a prime example of the living landscape that has made the Lake District World Heritage site what it is today. The area has been mined for copper since the 16th Century and the valley is full of scheduled monuments and sites of scientific interest, as well as being surrounded by high mountains including the Old Man of Coniston, Swirl How and Whetherlam.

Meeting by the Tourist Centre in the main car park in Coniston, we will be walking up beside Church Beck to the valley floor. From there the photographic opportunities are endless, covering industrial heritage, the mountains, fast flowing rivers and waterfalls. The furthest we will go is up to Levers Water.

Lunch arrangements: please bring a packed lunch.

Clothing and equipment: Boots, outdoor clothing, sunscreen and waterproofs. Tripods and filters will help with images of the waterfalls etc.

Challenges and accessibility: the main paths are good but uneven and rocky, off these you will be walking over small and rocky footpaths. Some areas will be boggy. The route into the valley is uneven and uphill.

Toilet facilities: there are public toilets in Coniston, otherwise the nearest bush or rock!

Fees: car parking is available in Coniston by the Tourist Centre at a charge of £8 for up to 9 hours.

Bad weather plan: if heavy rain is forecast then the trip will be postponed to 22 July (we will aim to provide 24 hours notice of this). Otherwise the trip will go ahead, as low cloud can add to the atmosphere!

This will be a group B event for up to eight people.

Ticket prices for this event include a £2 carbon offsetting charge.  For more information click here.

Your data

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Event Organiser

Dave Glenn (Landscape Group Member Events Manager)


Venue Information

The Tourist Information Centre at Coniston is conveniently situated next to the main village car park.

Cancellation policy

Cancellation by You

If you wish to cancel your booking PLEASE let the event leader / organiser know with as much notice as possible. If nothing else, this can avoid them delaying the start of the event while they wait for you.

If you have paid for an event, please note that this fee/ticket price is non-refundable unless we are able to sell your place to somebody else. You are welcome to sell your place yourself but, again, PLEASE notify the event leader / organiser in advance of any change.

Cancellation by us

Event leaders are asked to make plans for alternative activities or locations in the case of poor weather and, in most cases, events will proceed despite poor weather unless, in the view of the event leader, the weather will lead to unacceptable safety risks or very little chance of successful photography. It is inevitable, however, that occasionally an event will be cancelled for this or another reason beyond the RPS’s control.

Occasionally an event may also be cancelled owing to lack of bookings. So if you wish to attend an event, don’t leave it till the last minute to book as it may be too late.

If an event is cancelled we will give you as much notice as we are able and any payment by you to the RPS in respect of the event offered as a full refund. In the case of events cancelled because of lack of interest we will aim to give at least three weeks’ notice wherever possible.

Please note we are NOT able to refund any associated or consequential costs including but not limited to travel, accommodation, insurance premium or other costs incurred by you in order to attend the event.


Coniston Tourist Information Centre

Ruskin Avenue


LA21 8EH