Great Carrs & Swirl How

This is one of several walks in the Lake District which provide big rewards in return for very little effort, especially if time is short. The key feature in this case is that the route begins at Wrynose Pass, thereby saving approximately 900 feet/ 275 metres of ascent.
The first part of the walk leads to the beginning of the ‘neck’ where Wet Side Edge curves south to join the Great Carrs summit massif, and brings into view fine panoramas towards the crags framing the top of Greenburn, and, to the east, the Prison Band-Swirl Hause-Black Sails-Wetherlam ‘switchback’, as well as back down Wet Side Edge itself to lower Greenburn and Little Langdale. These views remain available in ever more dramatic form as the ascent of Great Carrs is completed.
From here, a large plateau begins, sweeping over to Swirl How, with the sad remains of a crashed Halifax bomber in between, the main path for the most part skirting Broad Slack rim and providing a succession of vertiginous views down into Greenburn, as well as back and northwards to the Scafell massif. At the Swirl How summit area, with its fine views down the Prison Band to the Wetherlam massif, a small walk further to the south brings glimpses of Coniston and Levers Waters, Seathwaite Tarn and the summit areas of Coniston Old Man, Brim Fell and Dow Crag. The return was by the same route as the ascent.
As should already be obvious, this walk gives relatively easy access to some of the best of the high ground in Lakeland, and was thus an excellent way to welcome my companion Jim Mercer back to the fells, and thereby also our dog Sooty to a renewal of his granola bar rations!
(Highest point (Swirl How): 2630 ft./801 m. Distance: 3.4 miles/ 5.47 km. Ascent: 1574 ft./ 480 m.)

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