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Coniston Old Man
by colgregg » Sun Apr 04, 2010 10:15 pm
Wainwrights included on this walk: Brim Fell, Coniston Old Man, Swirl How, Wetherlam
Hewitts included on this walk: Swirl How, The Old Man of Coniston, Wetherlam
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With the exception of the unrelenting wind, things began to look up weatherwise and as I walked the ridge over Brim Fell and onwards to Swirl HowI was treated to spectacular views down to Low water, Levers Tarn and Coniston. There were fleeting views in all other directions as and when the rolling cloud permitted. While the may have been brief views the provided great panoramas of The Scafells, Bowfell and the Langdale peaks accross to Helvellyn. Swirl How was a turning point in more ways than one. a: My walk turned from North to East. b: The weather turned, too. As I was on Swirl fell it seemed apt that suddenly the clouds swirled away and in a short space of time was heading down Prison band to the col in sunshine that I thought would never appear, oh and the wind dropped too!! So it was with a renewed vigour that I ascended my last summit of the day, Wetherlam. It was a worthy climax to the day with superb all round views. I could have sat here for hours surveying the scene but unfotunatels had to do with 10 minutes as time was getting on.
It was an easy descent to the track that leads to the mines. then it was simply follow the path across the fields to the minor road and back to the car.
- The sun breaks through over the Langdale Pikes.
by mellowmark » Mon Apr 05, 2010 12:55 am
The weather forecast was quite good for Sunday too - seems they were wrong again!
Coniston Old Man is one I have never done either - always tend to end up in my "favourite areas of Buttermere, Borrowdale and Langdale.
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by colgregg » Mon Apr 05, 2010 8:50 am
A re-run of Coniston is definintely on the cards for a long dry summers day as I also want to inculde Dow Crag, Great Carrs and Grey Friar in my itinery. Re the snow. It seems to have kept itself to around the 900m mark, Helvellyn especially looked to be well covered.
You're very brave driving up to that carpark though - I've never dared - it's about 1 in 4 all the way, goes up for ages, and doesn't have much in the way of passing places for a very narrow road! Eeek!
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by colgregg » Tue Apr 06, 2010 6:33 pm
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