9th July 2005

A walk from the Three Shire Stone to three of the Coniston fells.


Walk Overview
Time 06.30 to 12.20
Duration 5 hr 50 min
Distance 7.1 mile
Ascent 2969 ft
Walking with On my own
Three Shire Stone - Wet Side Edge - Great Carrs - Swirl How - Prison Band - Wetherlam - Greenburn Mine - Wrynose Pass - Three Shire Stone
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside, top of Wrynose Pass

This is somewhere I'd only attempt to park if I were out for an early start. The number of spaces are somewhat limited and if you did arrive to find the place full, your options for an alternative are almost none existent in the area.


Route Map

Wrynose Bottom with Harter Fell and Hard Knott behind, from the path on Wet Side Edge.

Great Carrs and Swirl How from the point where the path I took from Wrynose Pass joins the main Wet Side Edge ridge.

Little Carrs from further up the path.

The remains of the Halifax Bomber on Great Carrs, with Grey Friar and Caw behind.

A close up of the middle of the cross.

From Swirl How summit looking across to the Old Man of Coniston (left) and Dow Crag (right).

The Old Man of Coniston again, this time from Prison Band. Levers Water is in the foreground and Coniston can just be seen in the distance.

Looking back across to the steep path on Prison Band and up to Swirl How.

Zooming across to Cold Pike, Crinkle Crags and Bow Fell.

The Old Man of Coniston and Levers Water from the route up to Wetherlam.

Wetherlam Summit.

Little Langdale Tarn and Lingmoor Fell seen from the steep and tricky descent down Wetherlam Edge.

Greenburn Mines and workings.

Some of the remains of the mine buildings.

Greenburn Beck from just below the mines.
It was extremely hot now with no breeze at all and I was almost out of water. This was a good spot for a refill and a lie in the sun for 15 minutes.

Swirl How and Great Carrs seen above the mine buildings.

Looking across to the Langdales from the track between Greenburn Mines and Little Langdale Tarn.

Little Langdale Tarn.
A little further along the track I cut across the grass and turned left on the path next to the wall. And then following it to the road at Fell Foot Bridge.

Fell Foot with Castle Howe and Wrynose Fell behind.

From Wrynose Bridge.
I suppose you'd have to be (look on the van) to try to drive that thing over this road. It's bad enough in a car.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks