Thursday 7th January 2010
Start point: The Sun Inn,
Coniston (SD 300 975)
Coniston - Walna Scar road -
Brown Pike -
Buck Pike -
Dow Crag -
Goat's Hawse -
Coniston Old Man -
Levers Hawse -
Great How -
- Prison Band - Swirl Hawse - Levers Water - Boulder Valley - Coppermines Valley - Coniston
Distance: 10.2 miles
Total Ascent: 1085 metres
Time Taken: 5 hours 30 minutes
Weather: Cold and clear. -4oC
I actually came to Coniston yesterday
(Wednesday 6th January) to walk theses fells but decided against it due
to the heavy snow when I arrived there - I knew the fells would still be
there another day and surely enough, this morning turned out lovely and
clear. This would be fantastic and memorable day for a walk on the
fells. According to Radio Cumbria, last night was the coldest ever
recorded in Cumbria with a temperature of -14.5C recorded at Carlisle.
When I got to Coniston it was -9C, so I knew it would be pretty cold
today. As it turned out, it was quite warm in the sunshine but when in
the wind or shade, then it was particularly noticeable how cold it
Sunrise on The Old Man.
This snow filled lane is the approach to the Walna
Scar Road, the gate is directly ahead.
Looking back along the Walna Scar Road.
Brown Pike above Cove Bridge.
The Old Man across The Cove.
Sunshine on Morecambe Bay to the south.
Casper at the Angus Shelter, Walna Scar beyond.
Snow cornice on Walna Scar.
Buck Pike from Brown Pike. Time to get the crampons on
now for virtually the rest of the walk.
Looking back across Walna Scar and Caw to Black Combe.
The approach to Buck Pike.
Brown Pike from Buck Pike.
Dow Crag ahead from Buck Pike.
Easy Gully, Dow Crag.
The Scafell range from Dow Crag.
Close up on Scafell and Scafell Pike.
A frozen Goat's Water and Dow Crag from Goat's Hawse.
Looking across to Dow Crag from the slog up to The Old
I found these skis conveniently placed on the trig.
column on The Old Man summit.
When I found the owner, it was an old friend of mine
Nathan Pike. Now that's what I call travelling in style!
Setting off for Brim Fell.
The view from the summit, clear as clear can be.
Heading for Brim Fell as Nathan realises it is harder
to ski uphill than down! I caught him up again before he disappeared
down Brim Fell Rake.
Looking back to The Old Man summit from the Brim Fell
A clear view of all the fells today.
Looking back once more from Brim Fell.
The eastern fells across Levers Water.
Swirl How and Great How Crags from the descent to
Levers Hawse, to the left is Great Carrs.
Part frozen Seathwaite Tarn and Harter fell from
A clear view to the Howgills across Levers Water.
Brim Fell across Levers Hawse from the climb to Great
How Crags, Dow Crag and Black Combe to the left.
The Howgills from Swirl How, to the right is
The Scafells to Bowfell across Great Carrs.
Skiddaw and Blencathra across the Langdales.
Descending Prison Band, Wetherlam ahead. The snow was
often knee deep down here making the going hard.
The view from Swirl Hawse.
Blazing a trail from Swirl Hawse following Swirl Hawse
Beck. The more usual path is further up to the right but this seemed as
good a way as any today...but watch out for the big holes like the one
at the bottom left of the photo! At least I only went waist deep and
didn't disappear altogether.
In the shade at Levers Water and the sun is already
setting, Great How Crags in the sunshine.
Pink tinged Wetherlam from Boulder Valley.
Looking to the YHA across Coppermines Valley.
The walking huts with the Yewdale Fells tinged with
On the way home...
The fells recently walked from Torver.
Lake District sunset.
Frozen Coniston Water at Brown How.
Bethecar Moor from Brown How.
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