A ‘lazy Lakeland gent’ is how many would prefer to view Coniston Old Man, other than Wainwright who used the violent term ‘mutilated by quarries’ to describe it. Nevertheless, this is a magnificent hill, dominating the serene waters of the nearby Coniston Water at the head of a superb inverted-Y walk, which includes Swirl How and Dow Crag. Once in the shelter of the mountain’s bulk, the huge cliffs and teardrop lake of Goat’s Water provide a superlative wild camp.
Best route: the aforementioned walk, from Coniston.
Height(m) : 807
Height(ft) : 2648
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Location : Lake District: Western Fells
National Park : Lake District
Grid Reference : SD272978
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