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“A bit of a toughy but great views over the Lake District”

Ranked #3 of 15 things to do in Coniston
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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“A bit of a toughy but great views over the Lake District”
Reviewed September 4, 2011

Followed a route that starts at the Sun Hotel, took 2 1/2 hours to get to the top, then continued northwards over Swirl and Weatherham, some tricky rock scrambling involved, back to Coniston, 5 1/2 hours in total

Visited September 2011
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
47 reviews
16 attraction reviews
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“Achievable Family Walk.”
Reviewed August 29, 2011

Tackled this one from The Sun Hotel at Coniston. A great walk that can de done with the family though it is a bit of a scramble near the summit. We had great weather that gave us all round views of Coniston, Windermere, Grange over Sands round to the Irish Sea and Seascale Power Station. About 6 miles there and back and around 4 hours but great fun.

Visited August 2011
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Ithaca, NY and Toronto, Ont.
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54 reviews
17 attraction reviews
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“A good climb if you are fit.”
Reviewed August 4, 2011

A casual review of travel information in an information shop in Coniston assesses this climb in the most difficult category. We paused to read this (we are both mid 40s), but decided to set out on the climb and see how things went. At times a walking stick is useful, but you can get by without one. The trail is a good steep challenge for novices, but it would be a shame if the spare and dire information in the guides were to discourage someone from taking on this engaging (2.5 hrs. each way) and fine walk. The top was windy and clouded, with exhilarating breaks and views. Lots of other climbers towards the top of the trail, but generally not crowded. A great pub at the lower trailhead.

Visited September 2010
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Kendal, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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“Coniston Old Man - The best ascent & quite a secret”
Reviewed April 14, 2011

If you want to Ascend Coniston old Man, and want to enjoy the views & have some solitude (Until you reach the Summit that is) Use the Jack Diamond path. Head up to the car Park at the Walna Scar Road (Walk up from Lake Level if you are a purist like me).
Follow the unsurfaced road west for about 5 minutes to the Quarry road bearing up the old man to the right (North). At the l/h side of the quarry road, a path up the grass is clearly visible. Follow this all the way up to the summit (Use a map), as it is Cleary marked by cairns. Enjoy the solitude, away from the crowds.

Visited March 2011
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Kent
2 reviews
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“Old Man of Coniston Walk”
Reviewed August 30, 2008

My partner and I enjoyed many trips to the Lakes together before our son was born, including lots of pleasant hill walks and hairy winter mountain scrambles.

I have to say that our ascent of the Old Man this week (28 Aug 08) was one of the more unpleasant walks I have had, I would recommend that if you have children (our son is 7) that you only attempt it on a fair summer's day, we did start on a nice morning but the cloud dropped down and we spent nearly 4 hours in high wind and heavy rain. Still got to the top, but felt like we had spent 3 hours climbing up an unattractive quarry. I felt very cheated that I didn't get to see the amazing views on offer, but still felt very proud of a "Coniston Little Man" who made it to the summit.

Started and finished at Heathwaite (on Ordnance Survey), total time 5 and a half hours with a small child in inclement weather! Don't be fooled!

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