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Coniston fells

16th August 2015


 Fell gate car park - Boulder Valley - Levers Water - Black Sails Ridge - Wetherlam - Prison Band - Swirl How - Great How on Swirl Band - Brim Fell - Coniston Old Man - Brim Fell Rake - Low Water- Fell Gate car park

(about 9 miles 3300 ft ascent)

The weather was disappointingly dull today for a walk around some of the Coniston tops.

Low cloud waiting for us as we ( Sue, Lynn, Helen and myself ) made our way along the path to Boulder Valley

Low Water beck

The Pudding Stone in Boulder Valley

 one of the old mines around Levers Water.

Levers Water from the start of the climb up the Black Sails ridge. Although cloud was all around we never actually walking in the mist so had a bit of a view everywhere on our round

Coniston Water in the distance and Coniston Old Man above Levers Water.

Very dramatic mist over Pike O' Blisco and Red Tarn.

 Crinkle Crags and Bowfell are clear as the valley fills up.

A brief glimpse of Little Langdale from Wetherlam top. Helen returned to her car in Coniston as she felt our walk would be a bit to far for her.

We about turn and head for Prison Band. Swirl How and Great Carrs ahead

  Looking down from Swirl Hause.

And looking back to Black Sails with Wetherlam behind

Greenburn leading down to Little Langdale.

In the distance beyond Great Carrs the Scaffels' are completely clagged in.

Swirl How top.

Grey Friar, not on our agenda today

What was on our ( well my ) agenda today was Great How Crags on Swirl Band which is a Birkett. I have never actually walked the little bit of fell from Swirl How down to Levers Hause as I have usually been to Grey Friar so cut across the hillside and even when I walked with the kids from Wet Side Edge I still took the easier option and stayed low.

Grand aerial view of Levers water from Great How Crags..

The rocky top of Dow crag springs up as you walk up the hill to Brim Fell   ( Black Combe behind )

Coniston Old Man from the "beehive" cairn on Brim Fell.

Looking across to the South rake on Dow Crag. I couldn't really get any enthusiasm from Sue and Lynn to have a go. I have no idea why !

( see HERE when me and David did it in 2013 )

Coniston Water and Coniston town from the Old Man..

  once on the summit we dithered a bit on which way to come down, none of us wanted to come down the steep and eroded tourist path, we all had been on the breast route before but as Sue and Lynn hadn't been on Brim Fell Rake we decided on that way. This is looking back to the Old Man from the short walk back to Brim fell.

This big cairn marks the top of the rake.

Looking across to the tourist path from the rake.

wide shot of Low Water.

Very varied colours on the rocks in Low water

Most of our initial climb can be seen from Low Water. ( roll mouse over for the route )

 Kennel Crag and the Black Sails Ridge and above the quarry

It's a bit brighter as we return and the drive home was in bright evening sunshine

Last walk  - Bowscale and Bannerdale - Next walk - Carrock Fell and High Pike