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3 Coniston Fells from Little Langdale.

3 Coniston Fells from Little Langdale.


Postby mamoset » Fri May 11, 2012 8:41 pm

Wainwrights included on this walk: Great Carrs, Grey Friar, Swirl How

Hewitts included on this walk: Grey Friar, Swirl How

Date walked: 02/05/2012

Time taken: 7

Distance: 17 km

Ascent: 950m

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The Coniston Fells have been pretty much ignored during our time in the Lakes, so, with the weather allegedly better in the South, that's where we headed. Parked at Stangs in Little Langdale, near the ford, to make a different ascent of the Conistons, going up Swirl How direct. We popped in to Cathedral Cave, a well known local spot. Quite impressive it is too :D
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Inside Cathedral Cave.
From here, we headed into Greenburn, intending on going direct up Broad Slack to Swirl How.
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Swirl How & Great Carrs from Greenburn Reservoir.
Fortunately for us, the weather forecasts were spot on and it was really warming up as we headed further up Greenburn.
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Great Carrs from Greenburn Inlet.
We followed the beck up and began the ascent of Broad Slack, intending on checking out the plane debris that lays there.
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Swirl How & Broad Slack.
We found the debris about 2/3rds of the way up, though there isn't much left of it now.
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Plane debris below Great Carrs crash site.
We crossed Broad slack and scrambled up the face of Swirl How, which was fairly easy going.
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Great Carrs & distant Scafells from exit point.
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Swirl How cairn.
It was quite hazy now, looking over to Coniston Water & the Old Man.
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Coniston & Levers Waters with the Old Man & Brim Fell to the right.
We decided to check out the memorial to the airmen lost in the crash, before heading over to Grey Friar.
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Grey Friar.
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The memorial.
We stopped on Fairfield, between Great Carrs and Grey Friar for lunch as it was really warm now, though on the ridges was the usual breeze :(
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Scafell range & over to Bowfell & Crinkle Crags.
After topping Grey Friar we had a look for the "Matterhorn" rock. A very small mirror image of the real thing it is too :lol:
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Matterhorn rock.
Back across to Great Carrs :? we descended via Little Carrs, Hell Gill Pike & Wet Side Edge.
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Harter Fell & Hard Knott from Little Carrs.
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Cold Pike, Crinkle Crags, Bowfell & Pike o' Blisco.
Unfortunately, the haze seemed to be enveloping the surrounding area, or the views from this route would have been brilliant :( We made our way easily back down to the footpath and headed back to the car.
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The Langdale Pikes.
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Little Langdale Tarn on the walk back.
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Re: 3 Coniston Fells from Little Langdale.

Postby rockhopper » Sat May 12, 2012 12:11 am

Haven't done any walking in this area for decades but this looks really interesting - cheers :D
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Re: 3 Coniston Fells from Little Langdale.

Postby johnkaysleftleg » Sat May 12, 2012 12:32 am

Wonderful pics :D and cathedral cave looks amazing.
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Re: 3 Coniston Fells from Little Langdale.

Postby SusieThePensioner » Sat May 12, 2012 10:28 am

Great walk and some beautiful photos :thumbup:

We often walked up to Wetherlam and on round from Little Langdale as it made a nice change from the Coniston side :D
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Re: 3 Coniston Fells from Little Langdale.

Postby L-Hiking » Sat May 12, 2012 3:37 pm

That looks an interesting and different way up,

Thanks for sharing
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Re: 3 Coniston Fells from Little Langdale.

Postby ChrisW » Mon May 14, 2012 5:28 pm

Lovely stuff Mamoset, what a great day you picked for this cracking hike, the photo of Matterhorn rock is cool....you should take an action man if you ever go there again and get shots of him scaling it :lol:
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Re: 3 Coniston Fells from Little Langdale.

Postby mamoset » Tue May 15, 2012 9:48 am

Thanks all, and ChrisW, that's not a bad idea hahaha :lol:

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