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the precipitous Dow Crag. Standing open to the south, unincumbered by other mountains, the Old Man commands a complete view of all the fine bays and estuaries of the Lancashire, and part of the Cumberland coast - the Isles of Walney and Man - and in the direction of the river Duddon, on a favourable day, Snowdon and its neighbouring mountains may sometimes be distinguished.
Beginning to ascend at the Black Bull near Coniston Church, you meet on your left a stream abounding in pretty waterfalls; the copper mines near Levers Water, and slate quarries between Low Water and the summit, can be seen by the way; and the descent may be made at choice more in front of the mountain. Those who admire a lengthened mountain excursion, may begin the ascent at Fellfoot, in Little Langdale, and surmounting the Carrs and the Old Man, descend to Coniston.
  slate quarries
The summit of the hill, as well as the quarries on its sides, is of a fine, pale blue, roofing slate. A considerable portion of the mountain is formed of a very hard rock, which some have denominated Petro-silex; and between this and Coniston Church, on the western side of the stream, the commencement of the darker coloured slate may be observed.


- 2950 feet above the level of the sea - makes a fine mountain excursion from Ambleside, commencing the ascent at Rydal, encircling Rydal head, and
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