Thursday 21st December 2006
Start point: Walna Scar road
(SD 289 970)
Walna Scar road -
Brown Pike -
Buck Pike -
Dow Crag -
Goat's Hawse -
Coniston Old Man -
Levers Hawse -
Great How -
Grey Friar -
Great Carrs -
- Prison Band - Swirl Hawse -
Wetherlam - Red Dell -
Boulder Valley - Walna Scar Road
Distance: 11.8 miles
Total Ascent: 1320 metres
Time Taken: 5 hours
Weather: Cold and windy. 4oC.
That wasn't supposed to happen! The
weather was predicted to be the same as yesterday, blue skies and
general loveliness above the clouds - however, rule #1 is there is no accounting for
the weather. There was a strong wind and grey skies above the low lying
fog with the upper clouds only clearing at the very end of the walk. This was
a good long walk on the shortest day of the year and the fells were
Walking along the Walna Scar road, we were quickly
above the low lying cloud, here looking to Torver High Common.
At Cove Bridge, it was fairly obvious
that this wasn't going to be a still blue sky temperature inversion day.
Brown Pike is in the cloud beyond the bridge.
Coniston Old Man, the cloud sticking to
Once onto the Brown Pike - Buck Pike
ridge the icy wind was really blowing up a gale. A fleeting gap in the
clouds reveals Harter Fell.
Casper sticking his tongue out to the
Looking back from Dow Crag to Buck
Descending from Dow Crag, the cloud
clinging to Brim Fell.
Clear on The Old Man - for now, anyway!
The mist still hanging in the valleys
to the south.
Grey Friar, Great Carrs, Swirl How and
Brim Fell - all to be visited today.
Looking south over Goats Water in the
lee of Dow Crag.
Looking south, Beacon Fell centre.
Approaching the summit of The Old Man.
The Old Man of Coniston.
The easterly view to the Furness Fells
over Low Water shortly before being engulfed in cloud again. It was a
cold, strong wind that blew walking along to Brim Fell and beyond.
Levers Water from Little How Crags
after walking through the worst of the storm - but it was back into the
mist for the climb to Grey Friar then Great Carrs and Swirl How.
Descending Prison Band to Black Sails
and Wetherlam from Swirl How.
On the way to Wetherlam, the clouds
parted and blue sky and sunshine appeared to the east. Behind, Coniston
remained under brooding skies.
Pike o' Stickle from Wetherlam.
Looking north-east over Little
The Langdales under a thick blanket of
cloud, Blea Tarn centre.
The mist still clinging to the valleys.
The sky is ever clearing.
Looking back along the furrowed path to
The southern end of Windermere still
under a blanket of cloud.
Crossing Levers Water Beck.
The Pudding Stone, Boulder Valley.
Looking over Coppermines Valley to
Black Sails and Wetherlam.
20th December 2006
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