Coniston Old Man

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A Snow Capped Coniston Old Man Lit Up By The Moon Light
A Snow Capped Coniston Old Man Lit Up By The Moon Light

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 40-50 times I’ve been up, there’s always something new that you notice.

The climb isn’t easy but it’s also not that hard, it’s a bit of a goldilocks walk. It’s a pretty gradual climb zig zagging up to the top, but the view at the top makes it worth the effort.

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.


Difficulty: 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

Best time of the day to go here: Depends on your walking experience;
Beginner – Middle of the day, get off the mountain before it goes dark.
Experienced – The sunsets near Scafell Pike, but then you have to walk down in the dark.

Best time of the year to visit: All year round

Parking: Coniston Village. Walna Scar Road

Places close by: Dow Crag, Coniston Water, Wetherlam, Goats Water, Low Water

Nearest town/village: Coniston, Bowmanstead, Torver


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