10th May 2005

A walk on the Coniston fells - from Seathwaite.


Walk Overview
Time 07.30 to 13.30
Duration 6 hr
Distance 9.3 mile
Ascent 3586 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Walna Scar Road - Dow Crag - Goat's Hawse - Coniston Old Man - Brim Fell - Swirl Band - Swirl How - Great Carrs - Grey Friar - Seathwaite Tarn - Walna Scar Road
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Parking spaces, bottom of Walna Scar Road, Duddon Valley

If you intend to park at this spot you must be prepared to be disappointed. There's only room for half a dozen cars (if that) and when these are taken, there simply isn't any alternative than to go somewhere else. If you are lucky enough to get a space, this is a fantastic alternative for a route up to the Coniston fells.


Route Map

Looking back down the Walna Scar Road towards Harter Fell.

The Scafells, Broad Crag, Ill Crag, Great End, Esk Pike, Bow Fell and Crinkle Crags from Walna Scar Road.

From the path up to Brown Pike, with Walna Scar, Caw, Black Combe and Whitfell behind.
Today started with almost unbroken sunshine and so far it had been very warm walking in the sunshine, but once we got onto the ridge at Brown Pike and into the cold breeze, any warmth soon disappeared.

Looking ahead to Dow Crag.

Goat's Water seen from Goat's Hawse.
The southern end of Coniston can be seen in the valley.

Coniston Old Man summit.

Low Water and the head of Coppermines Valley from Coniston Old Man summit.

Coniston from Coniston Old Man Summit.

Brim Fell summit cairn with Swirl How and Great Carrs behind.

Seathwaite Tarn and Harter Fell from Swirl Band.

Swirl How summit looking down Greenburn to Little Langdale.

Airplane wreckage just below the summit of Great Carrs.

Grey Friar seen across the grassy area marked on the map as Fairfield.

Grey Friar summit.
The dark fell in the distance is Fairfield, with the Helvellyn ridge running across to the left.

Seathwaite Tarn with Grey Friar and the Swirl How ridge we had followed earlier in the walk behind.

The start / end of the walk.
The Walna Scar Road is the track leading straight ahead (used at the start of the walk). The track we followed from Seathwaite Tarn at the end of the walk comes in from the left of the picture (over the bridge).

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Lake District Walks