Swirl How-Coniston Old Man Round

Once any one of the main heights that make up this walk is attained, several more are easily reached, and it is hard to think of anywhere else in Lakeland which offers such a large area of sustained high ground, with only relatively minor ‘ups’ and ‘downs’ connecting it all together. In addition, superb views of fell, dale and tarn are constantly available in all directions. All in all, thus, an exceptionally fine outing, and especially so in the crisp and clear weather conditions that occurred on this occasion!
Ascent was from Walna Scar car park, over to Levers Water, from there to Swirl Hause, and thence up the Prison Band to Swirl How. At this juncture I decided to sate my curiosity about neighbouring Grey Friar, and so continued over to it, where there turned out to be fine views of the Scafells and Harter Fell in particular. Then back to the rim of Broad Slack (the precipitous corrie between Great Carrs and Swirl How) via the memorial to the crew of a Halifax bomber killed there in 1944; thence to Great and Little How Crags (fine views all the while of Seathwaite Tarn and Levers Water, in particular) and, via Levers Hause, to Brim Fell, with ever-improving vistas towards Dow Crag; and finally to Coniston Old Man summit (with vertiginous panoramas of Low Water and Coppermines Valley along the way), and down (for the sake of quietude) via the path that goes near to Bursting Stone quarry.
All in all, surely one of the best walks in the Lake District, and on this occasion shown off to best advantage, thanks to wall-to-wall sunshine!
(Highest point (Coniston Old Man): 2633 ft./802 m. Distance: 8.64 miles/ 13.9 km. Ascent: 3436 ft./ 1047 m.)

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