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The Old Man of Coniston
802m (2633ft)

The Southern Fells, The Lake District, Cumbria, England


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The summit of The Old Man of Coniston is marked by an Ordnance Survey Trig Point.


Record The Old Man of Coniston as Bagged, Climbed & Conquered


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English Mountain
41st highest in England,
75th in England & Wales

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Wainwright
(No. 30)

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English Nuttall
48th highest in England,
90th in England & Wales

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English Marilyn
14th highest in England,
387th highest in Great Britain

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English Trig Point (Pillar)

Walk The Old Man of Coniston walking UK Mountains in The Southern Fells The Lake District National Park Cumbria, England

The Old Man of Coniston Summit

Photo: Chris Leonard

You can find The Old Man of Coniston & all the walks that climb it on these unique free-to-access Interactive Walk Planning Maps: (click/TAP to select)

The Lake District National Park


1:25,000 scale OS Explorer Map (the ones with orange/yellow covers):

OL6 The English Lakes - South Western area


1:50,000 scale OS Landranger Maps (the ones with pink/magenta covers):

96 Barrow-in-Furness & South Lakeland


97 Kendal & Morecambe, Windermere & Lancaster


See The Old Man of Coniston and the surrounding tops on our free-to-access 'Google Style' Peak Bagging Maps:

See The Old Man of Coniston and the surrounding tops on our downloadable PDF Peak Bagging Maps:

NB: Whether you print off a copy on to paper or download it to your phone, these PDF Peak Baggers Maps will prove incredibly useful when your are up there on the tops and you cannot get a phone signal!


You can walk to the top of The Old Man of Coniston by using any of these 6 easy‑to‑follow route maps:
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Walk c210 The Old Man of Coniston from the Walna Scar Road, Coniston

The easiest big 'Lakeland Fell' to bag

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 5ml (8km)
Ascent:1,935ft (590m)
Time:4 hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 5 Icon (Moderate)
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Walk c254 The Old Man of Coniston and Brim Fell from Coniston

A less crowded route up The Old Man

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 7.5ml (12km)
Ascent:2,762ft (842m)
Time:5.25hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 6 Icon (Moderate)
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Walk c123 The Old Man of Coniston and Swirl How from Walna Scar Road, Coniston

Lakeland's easiest 'big' mountain

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 8.25ml (13km)
Ascent:2,778ft (847m)
Time:5.75hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 6 Icon (Moderate)
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Walk c179 The Seathwaite Round from Seathwaite, Duddon Valley

Quiet and lonely (except for the Old Man!)

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 9.5ml (15km)
Ascent:3,523ft (1,074m)
Time:7 hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 7 Icon (Hard)
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Walk c306 The Old Man of Coniston and Wetherlam from Coniston

Superb views of Coniston Water

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 9.75ml (15.5km)
Ascent:3,664ft (1,117m)
Time:7.25hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 7 Icon (Hard)
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Walk c420 The Coniston Fells from Walna Scar Road, Coniston

Superb high level route

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 12.75ml (20.5km)
Ascent:4,191ft (1,277m)
Time:8.75hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 8 Icon (Hard)

Other walkers who hiked, climbed, bagged and summited The Old Man of Coniston Fellow go4awalkers who have already walked, climbed, summited & bagged The Old Man of Coniston

Tim Winn walked up The Old Man of Coniston on September 30th, 2023 [with] Barry, Paul and Andy [weather] Wet Day

Christine Shepherd climbed The Old Man of Coniston on May 27th, 1994 [from/via/route] Coniston [with] My husband Peter [weather] Fine walking weather - I remember being struck by the amazing turquoise colour of Low Water on this walk. Have climbed The Old Man on two other occasions as part of the Coniston Round on 31.7.07 & 1.10.11. using walk c420. Did the Coniston Seven again on 4.8.23 in wonderful walking weather.

Martin Woods bagged The Old Man of Coniston on March 4th, 2023 [from/via/route] Old man of Coniston to Swirl How, Black Sails & Wetherlam c306 [with] N/A [weather] Overcast, 7 degerees in the valley cold on the tops - Be careful of navigation towards Swirl How easy to forget where you are up to

James Hughes hiked The Old Man of Coniston on February 27th, 2023 [from/via/route] Coniston, Old Man Coniston, Prison Band, Black Sails Wetherlam [with] Solo [weather] Cold, cloudy with sleet showers, icy on paths - Cold, cloudy, sleet & drizzle. Completed within 5 hours. Pint of Bluebird at Black Bull Inn.

Emma Simmonds summited The Old Man of Coniston on August 13th, 2019 [from/via/route] Goat tarn to top the onto Swirl How's & down past the copper mines [with] Kevin, Sam, Dad, Keith, Margaret and Joe [weather] Dry, low cloud at the top, cool.

Paul Roddam conquered The Old Man of Coniston on February 5th, 2023 [from/via/route] from Walna Scar Car Park [with] Bri, Barber, Tom and Bowers [weather] Amazing sunny winters day

Tina Parker scaled The Old Man of Coniston on November 19th, 2022 [from/via/route] Coniston [with] Susan

John Tippins walked up The Old Man of Coniston on April 11th, 2012 [from/via/route] No recollection [with] Don't remember - Walked it again on 23rd October 2022

Sarah Baker climbed The Old Man of Coniston on April 4th, 2021 [with] Larry baker, [weather] Beautiful day, slightly hazy, bit cold - Up & back didn't do the loop route

Sarah Moore bagged The Old Man of Coniston on August 13th, 2022 [from/via/route] c306 [with] On my own [weather] Incredible views but incredible heat - very glad I set off early.

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More Photographs & Pictures of views from, on or of The Old Man of Coniston

Low Light Haw (Top o' Selside) summit cairn with the Coniston Fells: White Maiden, Walna Scar, Dow Crag, The Old Man of Coniston, Brim Fell, Swirl How and Wetherlam in the background

Low Light Haw (Top o' Selside) summit cairn with the Coniston Fells: White Maiden, Walna Scar, Dow Crag, The Old Man of Coniston, Brim Fell, Swirl How and Wetherlam in the background

Photo: Paul Gibson (28)

Coniston Water from The Old Man of Coniston summit

Coniston Water from The Old Man of Coniston summit

Photo: Dave Roberts (16)

Coniston from The Old Man of Coniston

Coniston from The Old Man of Coniston

Photo: David Booth (2)

Coniston Water from The Old Man of Coniston

Coniston Water from The Old Man of Coniston

Photo: Dave Roberts (10)

On The Old Man Of Coniston

On The Old Man Of Coniston

Photo: Ian Lawrence (10)

The summit cairn on The Old Man of Coniston

The summit cairn on The Old Man of Coniston

Photo: Adrian Kingston (5)

The 'Thumbs up' on the summit of The Old Man of Coniston

The 'Thumbs up' on the summit of The Old Man of Coniston

Photo: Dave Roberts (12)

Brown Pike from The Old Man of Coniston

Brown Pike from The Old Man of Coniston

Photo: David Hayter (345)

The Final Push onto The Old Man of Coniston

The Final Push onto The Old Man of Coniston

Photo: Rob Pullan (23)

Wetherlam from The Old Man of Coniston

Wetherlam from The Old Man of Coniston

Photo: Richard Ratcliffe (1)

The Old Man of Coniston from Holme Fell

The Old Man of Coniston from Holme Fell

Photo: Raymond Brown (25)

The Old Man of Coniston summit

The Old Man of Coniston summit

Photo: Kathy Gledhill (3)

The Old Man of Coniston from Swirl How summit cairn

The Old Man of Coniston from Swirl How summit cairn

Photo: Chris Leonard (12)

Snow on The Old Man of Coniston

Snow on The Old Man of Coniston

Photo: David Mulvey (2)

Snow on The Old Man of Coniston

Snow on The Old Man of Coniston

Photo: David Mulvey (3)

Coniston Water from The Old Man of Coniston summit

Coniston Water from The Old Man of Coniston summit

Photo: Darryl Larvin (7)

The Trig Point on the summit of The Old Man of Coniston

The Trig Point on the summit of The Old Man of Coniston

Photo: Christine Shepherd (475)

The Old Man of Coniston from Windermere

The Old Man of Coniston from Windermere

Photo: Eddie Lismore (1)

Coniston Water from The Old Man of Coniston

Coniston Water from The Old Man of Coniston

Photo: Steve Brunt (6)

The tall beacon on the summit of The Old Man of Coniston

The tall beacon on the summit of The Old Man of Coniston

Photo: Christine Shepherd (510)


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