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Old Man of Coniston, Coniston

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The Old Man of Coniston is a fell in the Furness Fells in the Cumbria, English Lake District and is the highest point (county top) of the historic county of Lancashire. It is at least 2,632.62 feet (802.42 m) high, and lies to the west of the village of Coniston and the lake, Coniston Water. The fell is sometimes known by the alternative name of Coniston Old Man, or simply The Old Man. The mountain is popular with tourists and fell-walkers with a number of well-marked paths to the summit. The mountain has also seen extensive copper and slate mining activity for eight hundred years, and the remains of abandoned mines and spoil tips are a significant feature of the north-east slopes.

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  • My husband and I did this walk on Friday. The weather was dry and not windy on the walk up. However, within 20 minutes of reaching the summit the wind got steadily worse. When we got to the top.....  more
    My husband and I did this walk on Friday. The weather was dry and not windy on the walk up. However, within 20 minutes of reaching the summit the wind got steadily worse. When we got to the top.....  more »
  • Good weather good all round views not to crowded in October and a good off take your time and the Sun Inn at Dixon ground offers a good pint 
    Good weather good all round views not to crowded in October and a good off take your time and the Sun Inn at Dixon ground offers a good pint  more »
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  • Decided to leave the house at 2am and drive along here for 4am and there was no regrets. This provided me with a lovely yet challenging hike but was worth the early start. When it's dark the path is quite difficult to see so a map or Google maps is highly recommended so you don't go off trail as it can be quite dangerous. Make sure to bring a headtorch and some decent hiking shoes. The day I went at the top it was still cloudy so didn't get a view from the top but going down the hills I managed to get the sunrise and made the whole trip worth it. Quite a few rams and goats on the path and plenty of birds all about. Parking from 9am is £4 for 4 hours and anything over is £8. Therefore going early allowed me to avoid the piaf parking. Can pay by phone or cash. Overall would recommend for people wanting a hiking challenge but would take caution if not experienced.
  • The Old man of coniston is a great hike challenging your fitness levels. This was my first hike in the UK and it lived up to the expectations. I found the hike to be moderate-tough. It starts slow and gets really steep upwards and downwards. I remember we had to crawl for a bit on our way up. The downwards journey was really hard on my knees too. But the summit was worth it! Not just the summit the entire time the view was great and weather was pleasant. We finished the hike in 4 hours approx. We did the hike in early June. My learning from the hike: - Invest in a hiking shoe (they are really great and keep you from slipping) - Carry water, thermal jackets, energy bar - Plan to start the hike early and finish early (don’t worry all down after dark unless you plan to camp for the night ) - Enjoy the view climbing up and down. Slow down look around. It’s beautiful. Overall I highly recommend this hike 🙂

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