Todays plan was to walk all of the Coniston Fells in one massive walk including Dow Crag, but once we arrived at Brim Fell there were several rumbles of thunder and we didn't want to risk any accidents so came down after Coniston Old Man.


Date: 23rd April 2014 Ascent (m/ft): 1594m (5230ft)
  Start Location: Walna Scar - Coniston Highest Point: Coniston Old Man (803m/2633ft)
  Time Started: 09:25 Parking: Walna Scar Car Park
  Duration: 7 Hours 13 Minutes Weather: Cloudy & Showers- Base around 650m

21.4km (13.29 Miles)

Difficulty: Difficult
Walna Scar - Church Beck - Hole Rake - Kitty Crag (435m/1427ft) - Long Crag (421m/1381ft) - High Wythow (410m/1345ft) - Low Wythow (372m/1220ft) - Brackeney Crag (370m/1212ft) - Crook Beck - Steel Edge - Wetherlam (762m/2500ft) - Black Sails (745m/2443ft) - Swirl Hawse - Prison Band - Swirl How (802m/2630ft) - Great Carrs (785m/2575ft) - Grey Friar (773m/2536ft) - Levers Hawse - Brim Fell (796m/2611ft) - Coniston Old Man (803m/2633ft) - Low Water - Walna Scar

Coppermines Valley, the place is overwhelmed with mines and ruins from the industrial age.

A small waterfall along Church Beck.

Coniston Old man and Brim Fell in the cloud high above.

As I am now logging all of the Birketts as well, this was the first summit of the day; Kitty Crag.

And this is the small summit of of Long Crag. Thats Kitty Crag over to the right.

Long Crag summit again but this time with High Wythow behind - thats where I'm headed next.

High Wythow summit cairn. Thats Low Wythow behind to the left.

Low Wythow summit.

And the last of these mini summits is Brackeny Crag.

Mine tunnels around Steel Edge.

Steel Edge - the chosen route of ascent.

Looking down a gully as we make our way along to Wetherlam.

Wetherlam summit in the cloud.

And this is the cairn on Black Sails - a Birkett Fell on Wetherlam.

The small valley of Greenburn.

Prison Band - the next steep bit of ascent to Swirl How.

Levers Water down below and Coniston Water in the distance.

Swirl How summit.

As we made our way round to Great Carrs the cloud lifted giving us some views for an hour or so.

Plane wreckage and a memorial on Great Carrs.

Great Carrs summit cairn with Swirl How to the left and in the background to the right is Dow Crag.

Grey Friar.

A view down to the Duddon Valley with Harter Fell on the left and Hardknott in the centre.

Matterhorn Rock on Grey Friar.

And the summit cairn.

Brim Fell and Dow Crag.

Seathwaite Tarn.

The summit of Brim Fell. We were stuck in the cloud from here on until our descent down to Low Water.

Coniston Old Man Trig Column.

And the cairn close by.

Low Water - it started raining here for the next half hour or so.

Mine ruins on the descent.