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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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Circular route from car park above Coniston. Started north from car park, and ascended north side of Old Man. Descent via Goat Water and Walna Scar Road.satkin5508/08/2019
Loop with Neve and Andy: Old Man, Dow Crag, Buck Pike, Brown Pike, White Pike, White Maiden, Walna Scar.peter_tun03/08/2019
Via Low WaterCyclistno102/08/2019
Weather resulted in a change of plan, a 12 mile Coniston round was reduced to just the old man due to low cloud and high winds. Ascended from Walner scar rd via Low Water and returned via Goat's Water. Cloud base was at 500m, wind 50-60 mph on summit.Theianwood45830/06/2019
Solo walk as part of my annual pilgrimage, circular walk started at Walna Scar Road and completed summits of Walna Scar, Brown Pike, Buck Pike, Dow Crag, Coniston Old Man, Brim Fell, Swirl How and Great Carrs. ( and back to Swirl How to be able to descend via The Prison and Levers Water to return to my start point.Pootlemum28/06/2019
Ascent from Walna Scar Road with Jayne, Emily & Lucy while on holiday in Coniston. 6.2 miles with 590m of ascent in 4hrs19mins (2hrs59mins moving time and 1hrs19mins stopped time).pwhitaker_196626/06/2019
Hot! Ascended from Coniston visitor centredonkeywalker23/06/2019
With Sue on a nip around the OMC circuit from the Walna Scar Road.Phreerunner21/06/2019
JohnnyG 08/05/2019
Solo. From Coniston village, via Low Water. Coniston Old Man, Brim Fell & Dow Crag.ADT30/04/2019
Jeremy Brown20/04/2019
ALHEJ Wilkins15/04/2019
From Coniston via Wetherlam, Swirl How etc. Descent to Low Water back to Coppermines.NormanW12/04/2019
Walked Old man across to Great CarrsSteve8111/04/2019
From Walna Scar CP before completing the ridge walk to the East (Dow Crag etc...) Lovely sunny day. Jemima didnít stop once on the way up!hannah&steven08/04/2019
Cloudy and Windy. Very quietsiholden24/03/2019
Birketts Con 4 walkmart079726/02/2019
From Coniston via Walna Scar path, onto Dow Crag and Old Man. Weather terrible, forecasters lied.Argentum6621/02/2019
Good ground and relatively easy climb. Path from Low Water up was very icy until around 50m from summit. Patches of ice around on top.stefanjagger28/01/2019
A surprising deep frost made the drive up to Walna Scar dicey. Car park full on a fantastic sunny and still cold day. Climbed the South ridge, lovely and sunny and quiet.Karmakarl24/12/2018
A Peckish26/11/2018
From Coniston - Dixon Ground - Wains Scar Road - Steep ascent via Limestone Haws and Craig O Stile to summit and trig - Brim Fell - Swirl How summit - then down past Great Carrs - Little Carrs - Wet Side edge - Greenburn - Low Hall Garth - Atkinson Coppice - High Tibberthwaite - Lane to A593 - then path through woods back to Coniston. ran out of daylight at Tibberthwaite (end of walk in dark).briandavies24/11/2018
Helen w29/10/2018
Due to the weather forecast decided to extend a weeks stay in the lakes by booking in at the Ambleside YH so as to have a full Saturday. Rewarded with a bright sunny day to climb The OM of C. Very windy and icy but the views went on forever.Bernard27/10/2018
Did Coniston Old Man, then Brim Fell and Dow Crag.Sham Sharrock23/10/2018
Parked at the end of the lane leading west out of Coniston, then walked up with Helen and Molly on a warm, bright, calm day. We headed north and then up past Low Water and returned down pass Goat's Water. Also bagged the trig point on the summit.JohRvs15/10/2018
Nomad Perkins15/10/2018
Walk with the 'stanly' walking group. A lot of rain but very good ridge walk.shriver08/10/2018