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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 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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  • Six of us, 2 Adults, 2 Children (11 years and 8 years) and 2 Seniors walked up Coniston Old Man. The weather was perfect for walking. We took the cars up to Walna Scar Road and went up via Goat's Wate...  more »
  • This hill is harder to climb than expected. Walked from condition and it was a steady slog up which got very steep towards the summit  more »
  • I have never climbed a mountain before, so chose to do so on my 50th birthday. We bought a map from the souvenir shop in the village, 2 bottles of water and 2 packs of sandwiches, and we were ready. T...  more »

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