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 the historic county of Lancashire (administratively in Cumbria). 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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  • August 20, 2017
    Steep walk. We walked from Coniston. Very rugged. More time spent looking at the ground and less time admiring the scenery. Long walk without the visual rewards. However, It had to be done. Couldn't l...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    A steep walk over rough ground, but doable for both adventurous and active kids and anyone of an average fitness. Although the climb is on the short side, this is still a mountain and should be respec...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    As you can't miss the old man of Coniston we decided to walk up it. We started from the small car park at the oddly named Walna Scar. From there it took about 90 minutes to get to the top. Parts of th...  more »

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