In reply to ON3WAB:
Sorry I included Harter Fell, it is still marked on my maps and I forgot that it was no longer valid, I must cross it off!
The route up through the old quarry workings on the Coniston Old Man are an unrelenting slog relieved by some interesting industrial archaeology - if you like that sort of thing! After the lake (Low Water) it is more fun. The east ridge to High Street is a lot more fun, not as steep, more natural, and very scenic.
PS I firmly believe that the very best route up the Old Man starts by climbing Wetherlam…but I guess most SOTA activators would give that one a miss!