Had a slightly silly conversation earlier about a tick list of all the 'Old man of such and such' places. Ones that I know of are:
Old Man of Hoy
Old Man of Stoer
Old Man of Storr
Old Man of Coniston
Anyone know of any more to add to the list? Google has proven extremely unhelpful so far, but that might just be down to poor search terms. If there are any more I figured the UKC collective will know
What about all the old women?
Quite a few chailleachs and such like about.
There's a small insignificant block of gritstone on the moor between the Rivelin and Redmires on the outskirts of West Sheffield marked on the OS map as 'Head Stone' - that's known more colloquially as "T'owd Man's 'Ed"
> I was sternly corrected by a local for referring the Old Man of Consiton. It's strictly Coniston Old Man apparently.
You surprise me for I, who have always called it Coniston Old Man, was recently persuaded otherwise because it's apparently derived from old English and Norse and means High Stone of The King's Farm. But I suppose King's Farm High Stone would do too so the jury's out on this.
Anyone else know? Or, like us, THINK they know!
> You surprise me for I, who have always called it Coniston Old Man, was recently persuaded otherwise because it's apparently derived from old English and Norse and means High Stone of The King's Farm. But I suppose King's Farm High Stone would do too so the jury's out on this.
It'll put the cat among the old man's pigeons if the hill database people ever decide they reckon that Swirl How is higher - there's not much in it. There'd be rioting in the village institute and the Black Bull.
Yes, there used to be a no holds barred race up to it and back which I ran a couple of times called the Headstone Headache.
Orienteering bramble basher socks were a very useful piece of equipment on the day.
There was also a handicap race organised by SYO which ran up a little valley to the Norfolk Arms then back down Long Line to the finish. The handicappers seemed to get it right and it was a nerve wracking last mile, going your absolute hardest to the finish but hearing all these better runners bearing down on you from behind.
> Yes, there used to be a no holds barred race up to it and back which I ran a couple of times called the Headstone Headache.
Tough territory for such a short sprint. Where did it start/finish - the pub?
I'm not sure which Norfolk Arms you mean - the former pub that is now two massive semi-detached houses below the Rivelin quarries was also The Norfolk Arms. (As well as the Ringinglow Rd one.)
It started at a pub at Lodge Moor whose name I've forgotten. And yes, it was very tough going.
The SYO handicap ran up to the Ringinglow Norfolk Arms then back down that road known as Long Line.
I think both these events petered out but that wasn't a problem once you had been initiated into the joys of the Trunce.
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