The Coniston Fells
SEVEN Wainwright circular walk: Dow Crag, Coniston Old Man, Brim Fell, Swirl How, Great Carrs, Grey Friar, Wetherlam.
Time: 7- 8 hours
Parking: paid parking at the Walna Scar Road (Grid Ref: SD 289 971) but do arrive early to find a place, or some free parking at the roadside at Bowmanstead, to the south of the village. Alternatively, take the 505 bus from Ambleside.
|Wetherlam from Elter Water
|Strava suggests a walking distance (depending on route option ) of around 22 km, and about 1,400m in total elevation
From Walna Scar Car Park
|On the summit of Coniston Old Man
|Looking down over Low Water towards Wetherlam
|The Scafells and Brim Fell beyond the OS column
|Cairns mark the clear path north to Brim Fell
15) In ten minutes easy walking along the ridge, you'll reach the well-built summit cairn of Brim Fell (2611').
|Great Carrs from the top of Swirl How
|The memorial on Great Carrs, with Grey Friar behind
24) The summit cairn of Great Carrs (2575') is perched above the steep drop down into the Greenburn valley.
|The Scafells, across the Wrynose Pass
|Wetherlam with the 'Prison Band' ridge in the foreground
|The large cairn on Swirl Hawse
|Returning along the southern ridge
|Looking over to Levers Water
|The path continues to the end of the ridge
|Levers Water ahead as you leave Swirl Hawse
|Looking across Levers Water from the path
|Heading down to the site of Paddy End Copper Works
|Continue down the the track towards the YHA Hostel
|The entrance to an old level under Kennel Crag
|The restored water wheel at the Coppermines Cottages
As you walk around the area, particularly near to the Youth Hostel, you will find information panels telling visitors about the industrial archaeology around them: