Sunday, 15th August 2010

   

            

 

Walk: Walna Scar Road, Coppermines Valley, Red Dell Valley, Wetherlam, Swirl How, Great Carrs, Grey Friar, Levers Hawse, Brim Fell, Coniston Old Man, Goat's Water, Walna Scar Road
Start Point: Walna Scar Road Grid Reference: SD 289 970
Distance: 11.5 miles Ascent: 3,665 feet
Time: 7.5 hours    
Weather: Sunny and hot all day with hardly any breeze
Comments: A good day was forecast and we certainly weren't disappointed. After heading over to Coppermines Valley we made our way up the Red Dell Valley. With the sun beating down, and not a breath of wind, the steep grassy climb at the head of the valley took its toll. A welcome break was taken on Wetherlam where we enjoyed the views and our morning coffee break. From here a descent was made to Swirl Hawse before tackling the rocky climb of Prison Band. Eventually reaching Swirl How a quick exit was made once we discovered the many flying insects around the cairn. At this point 2 of the group decided to miss out the excursion to Great Carrs and Grey Friar, and took the more direct route to the 'Old Man'. By the time we reached Great Carrs the flying insects had joined us so we moved quickly on to Grey Friar where we had our lunch. A traverse took us across the head of the valley, looking down on Seathwaite Tarn. After reaching Levers Hawse a trek took us up to Brim Fell and on to Coniston Old Man. Here we met the two 'short-cutters' who had been suitably entertained by a group of fell runners. After a photo (or three) we then made our way past Goat's Water and along the Walna Scar Road.

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Looking over Dixon Ground to Coniston . . .

 

as we make our way to Miner's Bridge

 

A pleasant green path . . .

 

leads up behind the Coppermines cottages . . .

 

and past the ruins left from mining in the past

 

The group seems to be heading for Kennel Crag . . .

 

but, thankfully, they turn off to go up the Red Dell Valley

 

At first the climb is a gradual one . . .

 

but the angle of ascent starts to increase . . .

 

and before long we are in need of a 'breather' . . .

 

or two!

 

It certainly has been quite a climb . . .

 

but finally we reach Wetherlam and take in the view to the Langdales

 

On the 'up' again as we ascend Prison Band . . .

 

and enjoy views back to Wetherlam

 

When we reach Swirl How . . .

 

John finds a 'comfortable' spot . . .

 

but not for long - as we make our way . . .

 

along the 'Top of Broad Slack' . . .

 

from where there is a great view down to Greenburn Reservoir

 

Who's the film star in the dark glasses?

 

After an enjoyable lunch on Grey Friar . . .

 

it is time to traverse across the head of the valley

 

In the meantime the two 'short-cutters' take a rest overlooking Levers Hawse

 

Passing Levers Water on our way to . . .

 

Brim Fell, with its distinctive cairn

 

As the group heads off . . .

 

I take a slight detour to find Low Water, with Coniston Water in the distance

 

Brim Fell from Coniston Old Man . . .

 

where fell runners make short work of the climb - starting point was where the cars are middle right of picture, first up in 36 minutes from there

 

A family affair as Mum adds to the cairn, the children check out . . .

 

the trig point

 

The sun catches Goat's Water . . .

 

as we make our descent . . .

 

and spot a few climbers . . .

 

on the buttresses below Dow Crag

 

A last look up to Goat's Hawse

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