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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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  • We were able to set off and do the walk from our b&b in little arrow. We were very luck with the weather. The views from the top were outstanding. We met and talked to lots of friendly people on the w...  more »
  • A long and steep climb to to the top, but fantastic views on a clear day. We walked up with two children who are very fit but was their first proper mountain walk. Took around 6 hours for a round trip...  more »
  • Certainly worth the climb for amazing views despite being very busy. Not a secluded place so be prepared. Take a less popular route to avoid the crowds.