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Old Man of Coniston, Coniston

Categories: Mountains, Hiking Trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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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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  • Should you get a nice day, you can enjoy a wonderful view above. As the old man is very popular, many walkers on the way make upwards...
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  • This took myself and partner 1hr 50 mins to get to the top but we only had 2 short rests along the way...totally breathtaking views when you reach the top.worth the hike an we shall be back up next ye...  read more »
  • This is a lovely walk with some amazing views over Coniston Water and beyond. The weather conditions were less than optimal but thanks to some well maintained paths, it was not too arduous apart from ...  read more »
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