view from the top of the Old Man
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A Day Spent Climbing The Old Man of Coniston

The Old Man of Coniston is a fell in the English Lake District, standing approx. 2,630ft (801m) high, it lies just west of the village of Coniston and its lake, Coniston Water.

It is a fairly challenging hike, with the paths getting increasingly uneven the close you get to the top. However, there are several start points, making it very accessible from Coniston town. We opted to begin from the The Sun, a pub a small climb from the high-street. Although if you’re arriving by car, you can skip a small portion of the climb by beginning from the car park at the end of a narrow lane (which you would otherwise hike from the town-centre) accessed via Station Road in Coniston.

The path as we lose sight of the town behind us, no turning back now.
A tarn serves as a waypoint as we continue to ascend to the summit of the Fell
The view down from the other side of the fell, sky is beginning to look stormy
Quick break to take a photo by a cairn at the summit of the fell
Coniston Water in the distance as we begin to descend, its all downhill from here.

I strongly recommend giving the Old Man a go if you’re in Coniston – and if you do find yourself over that way, be sure to stop by the Black Bull pub for a pint of Bluebird Bitter, the good stuff.

Until next time, thanks for reading.

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