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Coniston Old Man

Coniston Old Man



Grid Reference: SD 27237 97815
Height: 803 metres/2635 feet

"a benevolent giant revered by generations of walkers and of particular esteem in the eyes of the inhabitants of the village he shelters."
A Wainwright

The Old Man of Coniston, once the highest peak in Lancashire before the county boundaries were rearranged in 1974, is a remarkable mountain, towering high above the village of Coniston and the lake. For centuries the mountain has been mined, first for copper and later (still to this day) is quarried for slate. The extensive mining does little to detract from the charm of The Old Man, in many ways it add to the intrigue offering much more to exploration.

The main path, climbing the eastern flank of the mountain climbs over a succession of levels, only pased on the final pull to the summit cairn.

The summit is a wonderful viewpoint, Dow Crag a short distance to the west is seen in all it's glory whilst the view down to Low Water, almost directly below is dramatic not to mention the extensive panorama of fells to the north and sea to the south and west.

  1. Coniston Old Man

    Coniston Old Man

    £22.00

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:

    A long walk over rough ground, great views over suthern Lakeland and some stunning summits and ridges

    Distance: 13km / 8 miles
    Ascent: 1000m / 3300ft
    Duration: 6 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  2. Dow Crag with the Scafell range beyond

    Coniston Fells from the Duddon

    £22.00

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:

    A long walk, but with little exposure taking in the lesser walked side of the Coniston Fells

    Distance: 18km / 11 miles
    Ascent: 1200m / 3800ft
    Duration: 6-7 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  3. Approaching Dow Crag

    Coniston Old Man & Dow Crag

    £22.00

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:

    A wonderful route taking in the summits of Coniston Old Man as well as Dow Crag and Brim Fell, stunning views throughout across southern Lakeland as well as over Morecambe Bay and beyond

    Distance: 15km / 9 miles
    Ascent: 980m / 3200ft
    Duration: 6 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  4. Coniston Walking Weekend

    Regular Price: £44.00

    Special Price £40.00

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:

    Two great days of walking in the Coniston Fells, great ridge walking and views throughout the weekend

    Distance: Up to 13km / 8 miles per day
    Ascent: Up to 1000m / 3300ft per day
    Duration: 2 days
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  5. 3 County Peaks in 3 Days

    Regular Price: £66.00

    Special Price £60.00

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:

    3 days of long walks over rough ground, stunning views throughout, high levels of exposure on Striding Edge

    Distance: Up to 14km / 9 miles per day
    Ascent: Up to 1190m / 4000ft per day
    Duration: 3 Days
    Maximum Group Ratio: 8:1
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