Sunday, 23rd April 2017

Walk: Coppermine Valley, Levers Water, below Swirl How (Plane wreckage), Greenburn Valley, Betsy Crag.
Start Point: Walna Scar Road Grid Reference: SD 289 971 
Distance: 13 miles Ascent: 3,800 feet
Time: 7 hours
Weather: Glorious sunshine and not too much wind.
Comments:

With glorious sunshine coupled with light winds and cool temperatures, it made for an excellent walking day with superb views. Although no major tops were climbed we still managed to do 13miles and 3800ft of ascent, enjoyed by all and with greetings for Karen on her birthday.

Walna Scar road car park

Geared up and ready to enjoy perfect weather as we . . .

set off from Walna Scar road above Coniston. Only 13miles and 3800ft of ascent to go

John leads the way as we . . .

cross the beck and . . .

check out one of the abandoned tunnels

Heading down from Boulder Valley into
Coppermine valley with the Old Man top right

The remains of a sluice gate on a long abandoned mine water course . . .

Climbing an old mine carriageway, slightly worse for wear . . .

We take a pause to identify the outcrop as Kennel Crag

After enjoying our morning break beside Levers Water . . .

we begin our ascent to Swirl Hause

What a vantage spot!

Prison Band on the left as we approach . . .

Swirl Hause . . .

but where do we go from here?

Below Swirl How is the wreckage of a WW11 bomber.
This could be the housing for the wooden propellors

Tony inspecting more wreckage

Heading off we . . .

descend into Greenburn Valley . . .

where the long abandoned Greenburn Mines are classed as an ancient monument

Greenburn Beck

Further down we had views over Little Langdale tarn
with several Wainwright summits in the distance

Looking across the Little Langdale valley to the Langdale summits

The off road vehicle . . .

tackles a tricky section . . .

as it makes its way . . .

over some very uneven rocks . . .

with quite a big drop to navigate . . .

to join his companions

Coniston Water comes into view as we make our way down to . . .

Coppermine Valley where all the smelt mills etc have been long removed. The peak in the centre of the picture is Swirl How with the Old Man of Coniston just off the picture on the left

We are not far off the end of the walk and below is Coniston
with Coniston Water still bathed in sunshine

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