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Name:The Old Man of Coniston [Coniston Old Man]
Hill number:2634
Height:802.4m / 2633ft
RHB Section:34D: Southern Cumbria
Nuttall/Wainwright area:Lake District - Southern Fells
County/UA:Cumbria (CoU)
County (CoH):Lancashire (CoH)
Catchment:Leven (Ulverston)
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Hewitt, Nuttall,
Wainwright, Birkett, Synge, Fellranger, Historic County Top,
Buxton & Lewis, Bridge, Clem, Trail 100
Grid ref:SD 27243 97817
Summit feature:cairn 12m SE of trig point
Col:387m  NY277027  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 96 97
(1:25k) OL6N
Survey:Leica NA730/Leica GS15
Surveys of Swirl How and Coniston Old Man.pdf
Comments:height is for the rock by the edge of the extensive plinth (SD 27237 97832); it is highly probable that higher ground exists under the plinth
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  • Lancashire historic county top

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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 2058 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
Revisit with AlexDave Geere21/07/2020
With E. Hard to believe first summit of the year! From Torver via Scarr Head > Banishead Quarry > Goat’s Water and Goat’s Hause. Return same route. Much quieter than tourist route from Coniston. Perfect birthday walk. Overcast but excellent visibility gave panoramic views in every direction including Morecambe Bay, Skiddaw and the full Lakeland range. Finished with a pint of Loweswater Gold in The Wilson’s Arms. First post lockdown pub pint!Beeliner09/07/2020
Parked at Walna Scar car park, along Walna Scar Road to Walna Scar, Brown Pike, Buck Pike, Dow Crag, Brim Fell, the Old Man himself and back down the front to car park.Chipstertrain24/06/2020
Absolutely beautifulLauralj8430/05/2020
Circular walk from Wetherlam to Old man of Coniston. Parking at old station road.Dan Baddeley22/03/2020
Clockwise Circular from parking area near Tilberthwaite cottages.muzza221/03/2020
Circular walk via Old Man w/ Nic and Dad. Stayed in Hawkshead, drove to Coniston for startMbassett13/03/2020
snow on the tophill_walker12/03/2020
Iain W05/02/2020
From large dirt parking area SD 2887 9701. With the family plus Richard & Denise on my final Cumbrian hill, final Cumbrian trig, 600th Marilyn, 1200th Hump and 5000th tump.jonglew25/01/2020
Repeat Ascent. On a wet and breezy day with Jon Glew as part of his amazing completions: 5000th tump, 1200th Hump, 600th Marilyn plus completion of all Cumbrian lists, UK Marilyns, Nuttalls...etc. Congratulations, too to three generations of Glews, inlcuding Jon, 6 and William, 9, who all summited despite the weather. Thanks for the whisky and glad you enjoyed the cake.Denise 25/01/2020
With my grandad on his final hill in Cumbria. A wet and windy day, I don't think I'll do this one again! But congratulations grandad.williamglew25/01/2020
Lisa L18/01/2020
In poor visibility with Jules ,Jill and members of Foot Loose .Grey Hare01/01/2020
Grey, then windier, then wetter 23 Km traverse of Coniston Wainwrights with a few Birkenstock’s added towards end.davechaffey30/12/2019
Up via Low Water & the quarries path. Weather clearing, with good breaks in the cloud.DanMaisieBex28/12/2019
During Old Man loop from Conistonlerritt30/11/2019
Ellie's Birthday weekend, Tessa and I went out to do Old Man on Coniston and Dow Craig, The clouds where low I practiced Map Reading and Using a Compass and OS Map the walk was good and a nice learning point. We came up via Seathwaite Reservoir .GrantRSA24/11/2019
not sure of date...after wk 2019Theslayer11/11/2019
Ascended from car park at top of hill coniston, Braidy beck...billames20/10/2019
A great walk with my brother, Daddy and Grandad. They are so slow now that I arrived at the top 10 minutes before them and ran down leaving them standing. Aren't adults a nuisance?Mollyb19/10/2019
The Old Man of Coniston -> Brim Fell -> Dow Crag -> Walna Scar -> White Maiden -> Green Crag -> Harter Fell -> Grey Friar -> Grear Carrs -> Swirl How -> Black Sails -> Wetherlam. Mostly nice weather for my 2 day walk. Camped at Harter Fell.axoree11/10/2019
My grandad became upset when I asked him if he was Old Man of Coniston. I can get away it though as I am only 7.Williamr11/10/2019
With K from Dow Crag. Injured knee begining descent and had to hobble off to Coppermines YHA.Ashley30/09/2019
Set off around 4:30 for Coniston old man arriving about 6:30 at Walna scar carpark after a few road side emergency poo’s. we started the walk after 7. Was a gorgeous day in fact couldn’t of been better and felt great to be back after a long time away with school holidays and Spain etc. This is a spectacular walk and interesting from start to end. We looked around the ruins and mini caves before getting the jetboil out at Low Water tarn for breakfast. From the tarn its straight up to the top. amazing views from an incredible summit. Met a 70 man at the summit. Perfect start to the day.Scotty 2 Hotty21/09/2019