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.
The 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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  • A great walk in warm conditions! Good views at the top. Lots of people heading up and down. Walked along the ridge to Swirl How then went down from there as the mist was coming in.  more »
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  • Lovely peak with amazing scenery on the way to the top. The hike is 2.8 miles from the Walna Scar car park. The first part is easier and it gets steeper and steeper closer to the top. The section from the lake to the top is pretty steep, but not dangerous. There are slate mines and quarries everywhere and it looks really cool. The hike is very popular and on a weekend probably there are around 100 people hiking. It takes 2h to get to the top for an average fitness person.
  • The mountain is 893 metres high with great hiking routes to the summit. Stunning Lake District scenery and the hike is very rewarding. Great views of Coniston water are seen on route.
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