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: