Coniston Old Man round

The ascent to Coniston Old Man was from Walna Scar road car park, via the path close to Bursting Stone Quarry, and then on up to Little Arrow Moor. From the summit onwards ensued a marvellous airy ridge walk of two or so miles to the north, with very little up and down in between, culminating in the very scenic “perch” of Swirl How summit. There were great views all the way along of i) to the west, Dow Crag, ii) to the east, the Wetherlam massif and down to Low Water tarn and Levers Waters, and iii), in the distance, to the north, the Scafell and Bow Fell massifs.
From Swirl How, the route was down the “Prison Band” to Swirl Hause, along from there beside Levers Water and then through Boulder Valley back to the car park. For very little expenditure of energy, a wonderful “showcase” of among the very best sights in the area, especially in such good weather - highly recommended!
(Distance: 6.44 miles/10.4 km, ascent: 2603 ft./793 m.)

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