The Old Man of Coniston
Key information: The Old Man of Coniston
One of Lakeland's most popular peaks: a fine mountain in southern Lakeland, with dramatic cliffs to its east and grand views all around.
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- Maximum Altitude: 803m
- Level of Difficulty: Strenuous
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One of Lakeland's most popular peaks, although this can have its disadvantages. A fine mountain in southern Lakeland, with dramatic cliffs to its east and grand views all around. The main approach is from Coniston to the east, although the most direct route would take you through mine-scarred landscape. The best way to tackle the mountain is a circuit approaching from the south to Goat's Water, then up to the peak and on along the ridge to Swirl How, round to Wether Lam and back to Coniston. This is a long walk but one of the best in a walk-rich region.
The approaches from Dunnerdale to the east are less used, but marvellous, with a ridge walk from Brown Pike to the Old Man to Levers Hawse on offer.
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