The Old Man Of Coniston

The Old Man Of Coniston towers above the small village, from which it takes its name. The ascent from Coniston is a highly impressive climb. JP

The mountain, known locally as Coniston Old Man or simply just "The Old Man" stands on thre southern edge of the Lakeland Fells. Because of its position the summit gives expansive views over the Furness Peninsula to Morecambe Bay and the Irish Sea as well as to the mountains to the north.

The summit is a popular hike from Coniston and the commonly used route is via Low Water, by a steep and rough track. Other routes include that via Goats Water below the cliffs of Dow Crag but the best is the little used Boo Tarn route detailed by Wainwright in "The Southern Fells." PB

Elevation (feet): 2,633
Elevation (meters): 803
Continent: Europe
Country: United Kingdom
Range/Region: Lake District
Latitude: 54.321
Longitude: 3.121
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
Nearest major airport: Manchester. Liverpool
Convenient Center: Coniston

Thanks to Jonathan Parkes for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 13 trip reports for The Old Man Of Coniston.

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  • Log #15552 - by Vicky Crutchley on Feb 18, 2004
    My boyfriend (Dan) & I were spending a romantic weekend in the lakes for Valentine's day & he challenged me to go for the summit. It was a glorious day so with trepidation began the ascent....
  • Log #15553 - by Joe Heaton on Feb 08, 2004
    Staying at Tranearth,just above Torver,we set out saturday morning thinking of going around levers water then dropping back down into The Sun in Coniston.When closer to The Old Man,me and my grandad...
  • Log #15554 - by Doug Taylor on Sep 18, 2003
    Very good walk,very grim day.Cloud and mist all the way up.Visibility never better than 30 metres.I wanted to see the lakes,not mountain sheep! Will do it again next year,and definitely on a clear...
  • Log #15555 - by andy snape on Sep 15, 2003
    It was a glorious sunshiney day. We camped at coniston hall. hope to do scafel pike ASAP!!!
  • Log #15556 - by dameon clark on Sep 07, 2003
    My girlfriend, her father and myself were staying in coniston at the time, it was begging to be climbed.
  • Log #15557 - by Nick Reynolds on July 18, 2003
    Fantastic, great view till the top, when the cloud came in. Swam in the lake halfway up, dried off then, it rained...alot. it was great fun though, very interesting slate works.
  • Log #15558 - by Jeremy Kirk on June 02, 2003
    Virtual novice at this walking game, only ever done Pendle Hill, Barley before this. What a view! Very hard work.
  • Log #15559 - by Sue & Philip Powell on Apr 25, 2003
    Following the previous wet, low visibility ascent, went again in April 2003. A lovely clear day, but what wind! This was physically hard, due solely to the very high wind conditions. Wind chill...
  • Log #15560 - by Sue & Philip Powell on Nov 01, 2002
    Very rocky underfoot, a lot of loose scree. Weather on this ascent wet, although rain stopped before reACHING THE TOP. Low cloud at about 2000ft making visibility nil at the summit.
  • Log #15561 - by Michael W on May 28, 2002
    Beautiful day. Wonderful ascent from Coniston. The clear day presented an amazing view from the summit - revealing the yorkshire dales peaks and morcambe bay. Forgot the sun cream - got a bit burned.
  • Log #15562 - by Tobias Coniston Rouse on May 22, 2002
    My sister and brother-in-law are passionate about the peaks in the Lake District and visit the area many times a year. As a permanent reminder of their love of walking their two children are named...
  • Log #15563 - by Adam Marcinowicz on Nov 15, 2001
    Hi, went for a strole with my Aunty Lynne and Uncle Chris, and the kids Aimee and Natalie Reece. Great day, bit wet. See some photos from that day taken by a guy we met on the way. See ya, Adam
  • Log #15564 - by Geoff Harrison on Dec 19, 2000
    It was very overcast day when we set out with a forecast of rain showers. The showers turned out to be hail showers. It ended up a very wet day with so much water running down the mountain that it...