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When William Daniell painted the Old Man in 1817 it had an arch at the base and a smaller section on the top which very much made it look like a hobbling old man. The elements have done for the arch which formed the impression of legs and the top has slowly weathered until it is as wide as we see it today.
The Old Man of Hoy has remnants of past climbs dotted around his almost sheer side. Wooden wedges, ironmongery and a deadman anchor are just some of the items which have been left on the rocky Cliffside, as if he were some kind of giant geological voodoo doll.