Coniston Old Man •
Looking out over the South Lakes The Old Man of Coniston is surrounded by history. •
Coniston copper mines are reputed to be some of the largest copper mines in Britain, with a vertical distance of around 2,000 ft. On the Coniston Old Man itself, slate replaced copper, and over several hundred years, the Old Man Slate Quarries & Mines became some of the largest in England. •
By the 1500s the quarries, working a kind of volcanic slate silver-grey in colour, were well established. The earliest major working shortly after this period was probably at Low Water Quarry, where slate was prized in an opencast manner from cuttings near the summit.
The most popular route across the Coniston Fells is the brilliant ridge walk between The Old Man Of Coniston and Swirl How crossing the Prison Band on to Wetherlam. •
Photo taken October 2017.
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