Saturday, 1 July 2000

The Old Man of Coniston

The Old Man of Coniston from Dow Crag
Height: 803 (2,635ft)
Prominence: 416m (1,365ft)
Region: Southern Fells
Classifications: Historic County Top, Nuttall, Hewitt, Wainwright, Marilyn
Summit feature: Large cairn and OS trig pillar
Times climbed: 4
Related trip reports:
Dow Crag via the South Rake & the Coniston Fells - 09/12/2018
A Coniston Round - 03/12/2016
The Coniston Round - 17/05/2014
Dow Crag & The Old Man of Coniston - 02/03/2013
A snowy summit trig pillar
What Wainwright said:

"The highest and best known of the Coniston fells is the Old Man, a benevolent giant revered by generations of walkers and of particular esteem in the eyes of the inhabitants of the village he shelters, for he has contributed much to their prosperity".

Often referred to just as 'The Old Man', The Old Man of Coniston is a popular fell for walkers thanks to the many, well-marked paths that ascent to the summit. A head start for more timid walkers can also be gained by parking at the Walna Scar car park.

Historically, The Old Man was the highest peak in the county of Lancashire until 1974 when the county boundaries were re-drawn to include it into Cumbria.

The summit is home to an unusual slate platform and summit cairn, which provides a fine point for a sit down to admire the views of the Southern Fells.

Return to Lake District – Southern Fells

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