Sunday, 4th September 2011

   

            

 

Walk: Coppermine Valley, Levers water, Swirl How, Great Carrs & Little Carrs and Wet Side Edge.
 
Start Point: Tilberthwaite Grid Reference: NY 306 010
Distance: 11.2 miles Ascent: 3,400 feet
Time: 6.25 hours    
Weather: Warm with broken cloud
Comments: As most of our group were on holiday only four people did the walk. The walk, however, was a good mixture of valleys, tops and fabulous waterfalls. Commencing in Tilberthwaite, we ascended alongside the quarries until we reached the fork for the bridge over Yewdale Beck. Crossing the beck we then ascended to the top of Tilberthwaite Gill and along grassy paths below Steel Edge. This path eventually took us over Hole Rake and into Coppermine valley area for elevenses. Heading back uphill for the ruined mine buildings we then contoured around Tongue Brow to a path alongside Levers Water waterfalls. Skirting around Levers Water we followed a path to take us to the ridge below Brim Fell and lunch. Our path then took us along the ridge taking in Swirl How, Great & Little Carrs plus Wet Side edge. The last leg was over Atkinson Coppice to complete an excellent days walk.

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Crossing Yewdale Beck . . .

 

As we make our way up Tilberthwaite Gill

 

John points out something of interest as we cross back over the beck

 

Coniston Water comes into view

 

Heading towards Red Dell Valley . . .

 

with views across Coppermines Valley to Coniston Old Man

 

A bridge takes us safely across Red Dell Beck . . .

 

but we had to make a little detour to reach it . . .

 

and walk back down the opposite side

 

Heading around Tongue Brow . . .

 

the path takes us to another bridge - over Levers Water Beck . . .

 

where a series of waterfalls . . .

 

require lots of photos . . .

 

and the scree path isn't even noticed . . .

 

as we take in the sites . . .

 

in all directions

 

Another smaller waterfalls brings us out . . .

 

beside Levers Water

 

Our climb starts from the opposite side . . .

 

on a good stepped path (most of the way!)

 

Approaching Swirl How, Prison Band leads across to Wetherlam . . .

 

and the group poses for a photo at the summit cairn . . .

 

with views to Coniston Old Man and Dow Crag

 

Continuing on towards Great Carrs . . .

 

a slight detour takes us to the Halifax Bomber memorial

 

Looking back to Swirl How and Prison Band . . .

 

and down to Little Langdale

 

John tries a little 'rock climbing' on Great Carrs

 

We decide against the short route down . . .

 

and head for Wet Side Edge instead

 

A short break with views across to Wetherlam - but I think is hinting that it is time to move on!

 

Little Langdale Tarn

 

Another bridge - over Greenburn Beck

 

Is it time for a haircur?

 

No, but it is time for a footspa!

 

The Langdale Pikes, Sergeant Man and Side Pike as we head back to the car

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