25th May 2006

Seven Coniston fells, airplane wreckage, tarns and mines.


Walk Overview
Time 07.15 to 14.30
Duration 7 hr 15 min
Distance 13.9 mile
Ascent 5000 ft
Walking with On my own
Coniston - Walna Scar Road - Dow Crag - Goat's Hawse - Coniston Old Man - Brim Fell - Grey Friar - Great Carrs - Swirl How - Prison Band - Wetherlam - Swirl Hawse - Levers Water - Coniston
Fells visited
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Starting Point Information Centre
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Car park, Coniston

As with most other car parks in towns and villages you'll need to bring planty of pound coins to park next to the tourist information centre car park. This one isn't the biggest car park either and it does fill up rather quickly. If you don't mind a short walk however, there is a second option at Coniston Sports Club (the top red arrow)

Route Map

Early morning mist still hanging in the valley above Coniston.

Brown Pike behind this bridge which is found quite high up on the Walna Scar Road.

On the route up to Brown Pike with some black clouds moving over head. The path running across the bottom of the picture is the top section of Walna Scar Road.

Looking down to Blind Tarn from the path between Brown Pike and Buck Pike. The lake in the background is Coniston Water.

Dow Crag taken almost from the same place as the previous picture. There was quite a strong, cold wind blowing as I was walking across this ridge. Cool enough for me to need a pair of gloves. It was a good job I still had them in my bag, although I really didn't expect to be needing them at the end of May.

This picture was taken a little further along the ridge from Dow Crag and gives a good view of the middle section of the walk. Grey Friar on the left with Great Carrs and the Swirl How ridge on the right of the picture.

Goat's Water taken from Goat's Hawse.

Coniston Old Man summit.

And Brim fell summit.

Grey Friar with the Scafells behind on the right of the photo.
From the route up Swirl Band I turned off the main path and followed this narrow (almost level) path across to the col below Grey Friar. This was much easier than continuing up to Swirl How and then having to loose the height I'd just gained.

Harter Fell taken from near Grey Friar summit.

Just below Great Carrs summit this plaque has been placed in the memory of the eight Canadian airmen who lost their lives when their Hallifax airplane crashed on 22nd October 1944.

Looking ahead to Wetherlam from the steep path down Prison Band.

And now looking back to Swirl How and Prison Band from the path to Wetherlam.

The view to the South Eastern fells from Wetherlam summit.

Levers Water.

Looking back along Levers Water Beck to Coppermines Valley. There's evidence of mine workings all around this area, which make it a great place to explore and offers a good walk in itself, without the need to get onto the higher fells.

Miners Bridge.

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