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:Westmorland and Furness
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:385m  NY276027  
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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From Coniston to Great Langdale campsite via Wrynose pass with Burdon and Mo.TrekClimbing28/04/2024
4/10 Brown Pike Buck Pike, Dow Crag, Coniston Old Man, Brim Fell Little How Crags, Great How Crags, Swirl How, Wetherlam, Lad Stones, all with LDWA Lakeland group on our group walk. Cracking sunny day and revisits to all except Lad Stones.nickywood120/04/2024
With Carl and Poppy from Coniston, mainly sunny with chilly wind on the tops. Brim Fell, Old Man of Coniston, Dow Crag, Buck Fell and Brown Pike. 10.1 miles 3000 ft elevation.nell158331/03/2024
Tour of The Lake District - Day 2 Coniston to Eskdale (High Level) Old Man of Coniston Dow Cragtheadventurousjim27/03/2024
Summit all to myself which is a first on this fell after several visits, the first which was 59 years ago. From Coniston via Wetherlam, Grey Friar and back to Coniston. 11.5 milestrimarc220/03/2024
with Kenny, Dave, Nosh, Stu, Graeme, Mike, Paul, Keith via Boo Tarn, Coppermines ValleyDave Jones08/03/2024
R K 2hr 26 Richard Tait15/12/2023
Final summit on circuit from Wetherlam, Swirl How, Great Carrs, Grey Friar, Dow Crag and Brim Fell. Cold but sunny day crystal clear air, views for miles.N.Morters25/11/2023
Staying at Coniston YH with Alex McBride for the weekend, we headed up Walna Scar Road (a track really) for a circuit covering eight summits. Five of which were Hewitts and Wainwrights, two were just Wainwrights and one was just a Hewitt. Alex is bagging the Wainwrights, while I'm doing the Hewitts. Summits in order: Dow Crag (774m), H and W Old Man of Coniston (803m), H and W Brim Fell (796m), W Grey Frair (773m), H and W Great Carr (785m), W Swirl How (802m), H and W Black Sails (745m), H Wetherlam (763m), H and Wchillyman821/10/2023
HWCSC hike 1 with LisaRumbo15/10/2023
A very wet and very windy ascent, in conditions not for the faint hearted. A hard slog.EricMoore05/10/2023
From Coniston youth hostel. Nuttall walk 5.5 in reverse. Circuit of Walna Scar, White Maiden, Brown Pike, Buck Pike, Dow Crag, Old Man of Coniston, Brim Fell, Little How Crags, Great How, Great Carrs, Grey Friar, Swirl How, Black Sails, Wetherlam and Lad Stones. Blustery day in the aftermath of Storm Agnes, in/out of cloud all day with some showers but enjoyable revisit to many of the tops. Solo.richard6928/09/2023
Circular route from old station car park decending via goats water.Yr Eryr Aur16/09/2023
Took the north path out of Walna Scar Road car park and then ascended via Low Water. Came back down the same route after completing the climbMMoncrieff31/08/2023
From car park at Walna Scar Roadstrawberryjam422/08/2023
Loop from Coniston up Old Man of Coniston (29/07/2023 Old Man of Coniston, Dow Crag)nat57129/07/2023
With Scouts & Dave ChapmanJimMayes17/07/2023
R 2hr 8 return Richard Tait04/07/2023
On my own around the OMC circuit from the Walna Scar Road.Phreerunner14/06/2023
Completed as a three tops of Coniston. Running from rach in hawks head 24/05/2010 from torver via swirl howdanwalker115002/06/2023
With Joe from Dow Cragdombenson28/05/2023
Used komoot, was took up the direct route which was more fun but v difficultNCurtis21/05/2023
Old County Topspaulcook280920/05/2023
Walked up through Coniston village and then up to the summit passing Heathwaite and the quarry from the South in glorious early morning sunshine. Not too many people about. Descended by Gill Cove, round the reservoir and past the YHA. Back in Coniston by midday and spent a pleasant afternoon tasting beer in the Black Bull!pclyndes20/05/2023
Coniston loop. Wetherlam, Black Sails, Swirl How, Great Carrs, Grey Friars, Brim Fell, Old Man, Dow Crag, Walna Scar, White Pike, White Maiden. Just over 7 hours in warm sun. Great day.Longwojo13/05/2023
Old Man of Coniston loop:
A gruelling but rewarding 17 mile, 9.5 hour circular(ish) round ticking off 16 tops; Starting at free roadside parking just before the church at Bowmanstead, Kitty Crag-Lad Stones-Wetherlan-Black Sails-Swirl How-Great Carrs-Little Carrs-Hell Gill Pike-Grey Friar-Grey How-Little How Crags-Brim Fell-O.M.o.Coniston-Dow Crag-Buck Pike-Brown Pike and returned via Banishead Quarry.Alfa1M04/05/2023
Great Lakeland 3 Dayeremily29/04/2023
From car park to old man, to brim to Dow fell.matthewthomas1620/04/2023
Walked from Coniston with Simon. Stayed in Coniston with Simon before IOG Patterdale Easter Trip 2023.dancingqueen10104/04/2023
From Coniston, scramble up Long Crag, Kitty Crag, Lad Stones, Wetherlam, Black Sail, Swirl How, Great Carrs, Grey Friar, Brim Fell and The Old Man of Coniston.welshyboyo03/03/2023
R K TS RB plus Ray Toby Richard Tait21/02/2023
Up and down including brim fell and the old man. 2hrs 30Nicky C14/02/2023
R K Full winter conds superb Richard Tait18/01/2023
Another ascent up tourist route from Walna Scar Road, but this time time visiting The Bell on the way up. No view at top and back down over Dow Crag.with M, C and V.PeterD24/12/2022
Having previously climbed via the tourist path, enjoyed a much more rewarding circuit this time. Started at Ship Inn, up onto Walna Scar Road. Took path past Goats Water then up to summit via Goats Hause. Descent via tourist track with variants to Ship Inn.Hirta06/12/2022
With Smith, and Anth Cchrislayne02/12/2022
R K excellent good weather Richard Tait02/12/2022
Coniston, up Wetherlamb and across to Swirl How, along ridge to Old Man and down busy path , then up the Bell. Amazing day of sun, mist and shifting cloud.Flatfield19/11/2022
Wainwright Walk 20: Spider (Old Man of Coniston, Brim Fell & Dow Crag)DavidHiner19/11/2022
Walna Scar, White Pike, White Maiden, Brown Pike, Buck Pike, Dow Crag, Brim Fell, The Old Man of Coniston and the Bell. Epic dayteamnaughtyfamjam19/11/2022
From Walna Scar road. Walna Scar, White Pike, White Maiden, Brown Pike, Buck Pike, Dow Crag, Brim Fell, Old Man Of Coniston and the Bell.alunrees4019/11/2022
R K clagged out but excellent trip Richard Tait14/11/2022
Drizzle & low coudParkerP196020/10/2022
Round of Coniston Old Man and some nearby tops from Coniston village. Followed good track / path by Church Beck to open ground then steep climb to excellent summit of The Bell. Descent NW to path then took path up Boulder Valley to Levers Water and continued on path on W side. Continued up valley and climbed up by stream and then ridge to Great How. Little How Crags, Brim Fell and Coniston Old Man before following standard descent route.RobertP10/10/2022
From Walna Scar CP at the end of the lane continuing after Station Road although they do try to put you off driving to it. Low cloud for our visit. Fatigue determined a return via Goat's Water missing out on Dow Crag, Buck Pike and Brown Pike but hey, they're not county tops.Newton Maximus03/10/2022
Went up the hill with Dave, first time in three years.callumblairwils24/09/2022
with Gordon and Mark - all the topsHardenC24/09/2022
The classic Coniston Round, but including a few not previously climbed Birketts and Synges, and including a new ridge down off Wetherlam. Starting point at Fell Gate is now a Pay + Display car park (£8 for the day). 18 summits topped during the day, order of ascent: Walna Scar, White Pike, White Maiden, Brown Pike, Buck Pike, Dow Crag, Coniston Old Man, Brim Fell, Little How Crags, Great How, Grey Friar, Great Carrs, Swirl How, Wetherlam, Black Sails, Erin Crag, Kennel Crag, The Bell. 25.5km with 1500m ascent taking 9 hours.silverwolf_alan21/09/2022
Late in the day on a long walk through the LakesColin Crawford16/09/2022