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Name:The Old Man of Coniston [Coniston Old Man]
Hill number:2634
Height:803m / 2635ft
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, Trail 100
(Ma,Hu,Tu,Sim,Hew,N,W,B,Sy,Fel,CoH,BL,Bg,T100)
Grid ref:SD 27243 97817
Summit feature:cairn 12m SE of trig point
Drop:416m
Col:387m  NY277027  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 96 97
(1:25k) OL6N
Survey:
Surveys of Swirl How and Coniston Old Man.pdf
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Notes:
  • Lancashire historic county top

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Solo walk from Coniston - Miners Bridge - Low Water - THE OLD MAN OF CONISTON - Brim Fell - Swirl How - Wetherlam - Hole Rake - Miners Bridge - Wainwright 131Nutty02/07/2018
Another hot day-about 27C-so progress very slow. People swimming in Low Tarn! Steep final ascent reaching summit at 2.15 (started 10.15).Great panorama although hazy over sea and Duddon estuary.Peak Rambler25/06/2018
From Brim FellMrChris198001/06/2018
Beautiful day (24 degrees and sunny!) Old Man of Coniston, Brim Fell, Little How Crag, Great How Crag, Swirl How, Great Carrs, Grey Friar and Little Carrs and Hell Gill PikeFionalevey30/05/2018
From Coniston, direct through the old quarries, Coniston Old Man, Brim Fell, Swirl How and Wetherlamre142120/05/2018
OCT with SeanLittledave19/05/2018
Old Man of Coniston with Amy. Coniston - Coppermines Valley - Old Man of Coniston - Brim Fell - Levers Hawse - Levers Water - Coppermines Valley - Coniston.killiedaft07/05/2018
Circular walk from Conistonpbeisty05/05/2018
From Brim Fell, before descending to Conistonrfoster02/05/2018
The Coniston Fellssms.3721/04/2018
Walna Scar CP > Goat's Hawse > Dow Crag > Goat's Hawse > The Old Man of Coniston > Brim Fell > Great How (Swirl Band) > Grey Friar > Great Carrs > Swirl How > Swirl Hawse > Black Sails > Wetherlam > Lad Stones > Walna Scar CP. Fine but largely cloudy great walking day, just me and Hjohnkaysleftleg14/04/2018
Bagged on a mega hill day, circular walk from car park above Heathwaite, via Lower Water to Coniston Old Man, Brim Fell, Little How Crags, Great How (Swirl Band), Swirl How, Prison Band (who played jail house to their captive audience!), Levers Waters and back to the car park, Mr TJR reckoned we covered about 10 miles.thejackrustles11/04/2018
From car park above Heathwaite, across Braidy Beck ascended Old Man of Coniston via Low Water tarn. On to Dow Crag via Goat Hawse. Retrace steps and ascend Brim Fell. Follow ridge to Lervers Hawse took path that contours around Swirl How to Fairfield and ascend Grey Friars. Return to Fairfield and ascend Great Carrs and Swirl How. Descent to Swirl Hawse and Leverís Water, contour around to Grey Crag to the Pudding Stone and Crowberry Haws and return to car park.raymooremanx29/03/2018
Walna scar carpark walnascar white maiden white pike then onto ridge,brown pike buck pike dow crag then the old man.AvidSockWearer10/03/2018
Wetherlam via Hole Rake, Black Sails (Nuttall), Swirl Hawse, Prison Band, Swirl How, Grey Friar, Brim Fell, The Old Man of Coniston, Goats Hawse, Dow Crag, Buck Pike, Brown Pike, Wanna Scar (Nuttall), White Maiden (Nuttall) back to Coniston via Walna scar Road.Stu Percival07/02/2018
From YMC hut at Coppermines, with KMRT group.ngthack20/01/2018
Via Goats water. Nice warm day!DanGeere02/12/2017
Colt Crag > Old Man of Coniston > Buckbarrow Crag > Brim Fell > Brim Fell (Raven Tor) from YHA Coniston Copperminesronaldo33321/10/2017
Mark JolleysEllie's Hills20/10/2017
Started at car park on Walna Scar Road SD 28922 97027. via Walna Scar, White Maiden and Dow crag & Brim Fell.Westdenewalker12/09/2017
With MMC, Hodge Close Quarry to Tranearthrobertgn09/09/2017
Running with LornaLykewake4220/08/2017
up from levers waterSoary7007/08/2017
Cumbrian Traverse - Broughton Mills to KeswickIWC16/06/2017
S/F Coniston, Summit via Goats Waterianwkitson10/06/2017
3rd ascentabbo000131/05/2017
With Colin and Len. A cloudy day with some sun and some mist. On circuit to Wetherlam.Flobbus22/05/2017
From Coniston Wetherlam Prison Band Swirl How Great Carrs Grey Friars Brim Fell Coniston Old Man Dow CragWifey201614/05/2017
Coniston Fells Weatherlam, Swirl How, Great Carrs, Grey Frier, Brim Fell, Coniston Old Man and finishing on Dow Crag Wonderful day if a little windy up thereTobo196914/05/2017
With Jim Catchpole, his third historic county top in Cumbria in as many days. My third time up the Old Man, but the first with a view other than cloud. Parked at the free (at the moment) car park at the end of the tarmac section of the Walna Scar Road. North on the old gravel quarry track then join the main route up from Coniston. From top easy ridge walk to Brim Fell.Hillsidenick10/05/2017
Via Wetherlam, Swirl How, Brim Fell. Lots of people at summit and passed by fell runers on way up. Fine views including Inglebourgh, Hysham and Duddon estury. Return to Connistone via direct path to Coppermines vally.adrian34529/04/2017
Yewdale Crag, Brackeny Crag, Low Wythow, High Wythow, Long Crag, Kitty Crag, Lad Stones, Wetherlam, Swirl How, Great How, Little How Crags, Brim Fell, The Old Man of Coniston, The Bellkeithouk23/04/2017
Walk, conniston old manseanrtaylor9123/04/2017
Hot DayMick299108/04/2017
Stunning viewsCyclistno104/04/2017
Old Man - Brim Fell - Swirl How - Wetherlam Fairly busy on top, but having ascended via Boo Tarn we weren't used to the crowds. Decent weather, but a bit breezy.JonathanConey04/04/2017
13 mile walk from Coniston village up the Coppermines road, bearing right to climb Wetherlam then going on to Swirl How, Gt Carrs, Grey Friar, Brim Fell, Coniston Old Man and Dow Crag, descending via Buck Pike and Brown Pike and Walna Scar road back to the car.Philip A03/04/2017
From Coniston, up Church Beck, north of The Bell, to Old Man of Coniston, Brim Fell, Dow Crag and Walna Scar Road back to Coniston. Good views on summits.welshyboyo02/04/2017
Coniston roundscreeleep02/04/2017
Silly Ben snowPaul Beard25/03/2017
Up from The Bell (335m) with Evan, Sail, Coel & Alfie.Dangerous Dave11/03/2017
Fantastic clear cold sunny day with Ian and Richard ( from Walna Scar)Denise 01/01/2017
Sunny day above the clouds, on day 1 of our 2016-17 new year trip, amazing scenery and did the full horseshoe!Joel45128/12/2016
Part of round to Wetherlam and Old Man - above inversion, Ingelborough in the distance - not the first timedavechaffey28/12/2016
Birkett 3.With Keith and Rob on a windy afternoon( Storm Coner)Dave Geere25/12/2016
From Coppermines. Solo. + Brim Fell, Swirl Howdeurgar20/12/2016
Parked in village and walked up Walna Scar Road then Dow Crag - Old Man - Brim Fell - Swirl How and descent by Levers Waters.benalder28404/12/2016
CHAOS Club walk, on a very cold bright day from The Newfield Inn with Tony, Neil, Brian, Steve and Alan R and Frank, Frank's 70th birthday walk.Lou07/11/2016
Yet another ascent of the Old Man, this time with Dave Handley. From parking area at the bottom of Walna Scar Road in Dunnerdale. Went on to follow the ridge to Swirl How and Grey Friar befor descending to the dam and down the land rover track. Clear day for a change some snow on high mountains.Oracle07/11/2016
From end of hard part of Walna Scar road 1km west of Coniston village. Plenty of free parking space. Easily ascended SE face. Returned on stony and worn out tourist path down east face, a bit longer, less comfortable but more interesting views and setting.Topographer5721/10/2016