Hunkering above Coniston like a benevolent giant, the Old Man (803m) presents an irresistible challenge. The most popular route is up the east side along the Coppermines Valley – a leg-sappingly steep slog, but well worth it for the views at the top. Along the way you'll pass the remains of several slate and copper mines.
The classic circular route approaches the mountain from behind via Dow Crag and Goat's Water, then climbs over the summit and down through the quarry workings back to the village. The start point is on Walna Scar Road; it's about 6 miles there and back, a return trip of about four to five hours.
The walk is steep in places, so take plenty of water, an OS map and a warm waterproof in case the weather turns.