The Old Man of Coniston

Also known as:Coniston Old Man
Area:Lake District - Southern Fells
County:Cumbria
Country:England
Classification:Wainwright, Birkett, Marilyn, Hewitt, Nuttall, and HuMP
(also County Top - Historic, Fellranger, Synge, Sim, and Tump)
Height:803m
Maps:OL6(N) Explorer or 96, 97 Landranger
Grid Ref:SD272978         Hills nearby: 5km 10km 20km
Summit:cairn 12m SE of trig point - photos
Daylight:dawn 03:43, sunrise 04:38, sunset 21:51, dusk 22:47

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The Old Man Of Coniston and Wetherlam
The Old Man Of Coniston and Wetherlam


The Old Man is the highest of the Coniston Fells ... perhaps until it and Swirl How are measured with modern GPS equipment as their heights are rather close. It towers over the village of Coniston to the east, to the north east is the Coppermines Valley: an area of ancient copper and slate mining. Further mines can be found on the lower southern slopes.

The Old Man appears in Arthur Ransome's book Swallowdale renamed as "Kanchenjunga".

The Old Man can be climbed from Coniston, or the handy parking area at the end of the Walna Scar Road. The main ascent route being a track for the most part until the final section that is steep and eroded. Some rather fine less popular alternatives exist.

The Coniston Fells are situated in the Furness region of Cumbria.

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Other walkers registered on our site who have already walked up this hill include: JimRiley, Tirama, samross, adgl (twice), DukeNukem, distantecho, goth_angel, luverlyjuberly, Hannahfw, Danrobinson (twice), rampton60, patrickonthefells, abbyrich1965@aol.com, ja5ca, gallowshill (x4), Suecash (twice), tiamaria, hillbilly (twice), Squareybee, domusmantell, DANE2766, Strangerclur, jdennington, ianjhardie, Sylwia J Kociemba, Achandler, Samrust, Paperballpark, TONYL31, gerainta, gilly_3886, anthbowles, vonnieflossy1, peterb (x3), Scuba6936, griff44, finndougal, Stoney, Spacemonkey (twice), kierandol, mattmanutd, lfaulder, sammc, motley 55 (twice), vinmac, john09cw, On The Rivet, Biscuits17, Stuchlik, sushiwalkies, drsylvester68, fizzerfox, JamieL, Chris the rambler, fidds (twice), gill4rolo, CarlandHay, budgie, Mikew92, Carolwildbird, CARLOS (x9), ThrowerBell, dsutton101 (twice), Ginty, Ejuk, AGJ64, geordiegary, Samndigger, jegger, walsh581 (twice), Jennie, Susanna (twice), beth, StevetheRover (x4), i2am2no2man, Andy Duff, GraemeLackford, Shortnick, Lenny0018, Tony Roberts, rileyjayde, Westcoasthiker , digby (twice), Lancashire Lad, shane1974, Michal7, s.lee90, gbh (x3), Mickha, Drpjohnston, shivtc@yahoo.co.uk (x3), Kingskerswell, JSutton, gerard.hurst (x10), duncbarnes, cejackson1951, ScoutScarShuffler, and Rosehip.

If you need accommodation we have details of 32 properties offering rooms near The Old Man of Coniston. Here are some examples:

3 Sykes Cottages Assessed Cottage
£394-989 per week
3.1km (1.9 miles) away, sleeps 7
NC Non-Classified
£120-150 per night
3.0km (1.9 miles) away
4 Visit England Assessed

4.5km (2.8 miles) away

Photo by Rodney Clark and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0) licence. For more information about this photo, including on copyright, see the photo's home page.

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