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Coniston Fells-12 plus Billy
by susanmyatt » Sun May 10, 2009 9:06 pm
Wainwrights included on this walk: Brim Fell, Coniston Old Man, Dow Crag, Great Carrs, Grey Friar, Swirl How
Hewitts included on this walk: Dow Crag, Grey Friar, Swirl How, The Old Man of Coniston
Date walked: 10/05/2009Register or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
I thought Billy deserved a close up, after all he is only 8 months old
As we set off up towards Grey Friar we could look back at Harter Fell which towered above our lodgings.
The weather was much worse as we reached the top of Grey Friar at 770 metres.
As we left the summit Commander Conroy was keeping his eye out for the plane wreckage of the Canadian RAF bomber.
As the weather was drawing in we could see perhaps the problems pilots might have.
Now it was time to move on towards our next peak of Great Carrs at 780 metres and Billy was doing ok but was beginning to feel the cold, do Paramo do dog jackets
Next it was on to Swirl How at 802 metres, the peak was aptly named as the wind was viciously swirling with sleet and snow in it.
We now passed the Birkett of Great How at 770 metres on our way to Brim Fell at 796 metres, rattling up the tops now.
A look down towards the valley and Lisa
Now we made our way towards the old man, Billy was finding it hard to keep his feet in the wind, then we were on Coniston Old Man at 803 metres.
The weather was so bad now that the camera had to stay in the case for its own safety, we moved on to Dow Crag at 778 metres and our 6th Wainwright, now it was all downbank as we passed the Birketts of Buck Pike, Brown Pike and Walna Scar before dropping down into Seathwaite and the pub where we were meeting our transport. It was 10 miles in ever worsening conditions and Billy had made it, with the help of the odd helping hand, his first fell walk. The next picture says it all, never again, just the sight of walking boots and poles will terrify him
Finally a view from the Birks
A tough walk with some testing weather, particularly the high winds, as for next week, who knows, take care all
by 37lumleyst » Mon May 11, 2009 8:32 am
You can clearly see your weather deteriorating as your trip went on, especially the picture of Swirl How with sleet and snow! As you say, the weather was testing but as always it looks as though you thoroughly enjoyed the walk non the less.
by susanmyatt » Mon May 11, 2009 12:00 pm
by 37lumleyst » Mon May 11, 2009 2:04 pm
It can be difficult balancing work with a young family – I’m not sure which is more demanding, our little boy of 22 months or work Only joking
by wbmkk » Mon May 25, 2009 8:42 pm
Last year we went backpacking for the first time sine my scouting days and it was great.
This year, well in 2 weeks to be exact, my wife has decided to come as well as the kids.
We'll be staying at Turner Hall Farm, near Seathwaite and hope to tackle Conniston Old Man
Have you any suitable tips ?
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by susanmyatt » Tue May 26, 2009 8:35 am
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