Coniston Old Man

Sunset and cloud inversion Dow crag and Coniston Old Man

Coniston Old Man. The Lake District

At a height of 803m high Coniston Old Man gets great views over the Southern Lake District. At the top, you look down onto Low Water, Coniston village and Coniston water on one side.
Turn to your right and you will see the Dow Crag ridge cutting through the skyline and if you’re lucky, you will even see the Isle of man. One more turn to your right and you get a view of the highest mountain in England, Scafell Pike.

This is my closest decent sized hill and it’s where I go whenever I have a few spare hours or new equipment to test out. In the 30-40 times I’ve been up, there’s always something new that you notice.


Moderate – It’s steep in parts but the climb is mostly a gradual ascent.

OS Map

South West
OS Grid Ref: SD 27241 97815
Latitude: 54° 22′ 14″ N
Longitude: 3° 7′ 17″ W


Depending on what route you decide to take you can also get views of Goats Water, which is a small tarn between the Old Man and Dow Crag or you can go past Low water and go past the old mines. Take in a bit of history on your walk and look back to tougher times.

From the top the views over Coniston water open up on one side. On the other, you look towards the Scafell range and the Eskdale valley with Harter feel prominently standing out.

On a clear day, you can often see across towards the Isle of Man

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