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.To visit Old Man of Coniston on your trip to Coniston, use our Coniston route planner.
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.
Old Man of Coniston Reviews
We much enjoyed the walk up from Coniston past the youth hostel. It’s quite challenging in parts and not for the faint hearted. Beware weather can quickly change as well more »
Fantastic walk. Against advice to do it the easy way from the car park we went from the Sun Hotel, past the coppermines, back across the hill and up to the sumit. We then came back along the ridge and... more »
Wow. The old man nearly beat me. I got there in the end. The struggle was worth it. What a view. Bagged another, my personal best.
Loved it as a teen, climbed the old man many times. It’s a easy ascent with lots of great views.
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