Swirl How is the highest peak of the great “cirque” at the head of Little Langdale, framed by the Wet Side Edge ridge to the north and the Wetherlam massif to the south. Ascent was from Fell Foot Farm near Little Langdale Tarn, across the Brathay, up Widdy Gill to Wet Side Edge, thence via Little and Great Carrs to the summit. Descent was back down to Wet Side Edge, thence to Wrynose Pass, with a final diversion up Castle How at the end, in memory of our dear little dog, Rory, recently deceased, whose first fell walk was to Swirl How and whose ashes on this occasion I therefore scattered there. Rain, very strong winds and snow on the path made the ascent difficult, with low clouds obscuring views, but almost from the start of the descent the weather cleared to provide good panoramas down Little Langdale, back up to the peaks, and through to the Langdale Pikes. Distance: 6. 2 miles/10 km; height: 2448 ft./746m.
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