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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. 3 County Peaks in 3 Days

    Regular Price: £66.00

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

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

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