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Old Man of Coniston, Coniston

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The Old Man of Coniston is a fell in the Furness Fells in the English Lake District. It is 2634ft high, and lies to the west of the village of Coniston and the lake of the same name, Coniston Water. The fell is sometimes known by the alternative name of Coniston Old Man, or simply The Old Man. The mountain is popular with tourists and fell-walkers with a number of well-marked paths to the summit. The mountain has also seen extensive slate mining activity for eight hundred years and the remains of abandoned mines and spoil tips are a significant feature of the north east slopes. There are also several flocks of sheep that are grazed on the mountain.Highest fell controversyThe Old Man is the highest point in county palatine Lancashire. Administratively, Old Man of Coniston is within Cumbria following 1974 administrative changes. This assertion rests upon its being higher than its near northern neighbour, Swirl How. There appears to be some doubt in the current literature over whether the height of Swirl How is 802 or 804 m, following resurveying. If modern measurement has not added 2 m to its rival then The Old Man of Coniston is the highest point in the Furness Fells, and the twelfth most prominent mountain in England.
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  • Wow wow wow wow. Nothing could be more stunning than the ridge at the top of Old Man of Coniston in the snow with a clear blue sky. Go properly equipped, great route up via the Coppermines and back vi...  more »
  • Amazing views, routes to suit all walkers. I have enjoyed many a good walk on the old man. It has everything, views, history, climbs and a couple of nice pubs at the bottom. 
  • My wife and I always love a walk at The Old Man. The was snow on top this time so he looked great. In summer it's a great walk to the top and then over the other side and down to The Sun Hotel for a w...  more »