Great Carrs - Swirl How - Wetherlam

This walk began from near the Three Shires Stone at the top of Wrynose Pass, thanks to a lift there, and then proceeded up to Great Carrs, on to Swirl How, then down the Prison Band to Levers Hause, up from there to Wetherlam, and then down via the nose of Birk Fell to Little Langdale. It ended with a tour round Cathedral Cave, then across Slater’s Bridge to finish close to The Three Shires Pub. In this last section, a buzzard could be seen circling the valley to the west, no doubt in search of its “supper”, while in the woods near the river a cuckoo could be heard. Unbeatable views in all directions throughout this walk, plus the added interest of the other attractions near the end, courtesy of Andrew Sheehan (whose company throughout and navigation skills, especially on the final descent, made the walk all the more enjoyable!). To me, this outing, like so many others in the area, conveys the essence of what gives the Lake District its unique attractiveness - the highly cultivated and civilised valley bottoms, juxtaposed, within a few hundred feet, with scenery of great wildness and ruggedness - not something that I have come across or am aware of anywhere else. (Distance: 5.5 miles/8.7 km., ascent: 2100 ft./650 m., descent 3012 ft./918m.)

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