Wednesday 24th November 2010
Start point: Walna Scar road
(SD 289 970)
Walna Scar car
park - Boo Tarn -
The Old Man of Coniston
- Brim Fell Rake - Low Water - Below Beck Fells - Walna Scar car park
Distance: 4.3 miles
Total Ascent: 630 metres
Time Taken: 2 hours 15 minutes
Start Time: 09:20
Weather: Cold and clear.
Everywhere looked to be covered in cloud
when I set off from home this morning, especially further to the east.
When I was driving towards the Coniston fells they had a big cloud cap
on them too, but I thought it would clear when the sun rose a little and
thankfully this turned out to be right. It was really clear up there
today and it was superb walking the ridge to Brim Fell in those
conditions, beautiful and crisp with virtually no one around.
All clear on top of The Old Man.
The summit of The Old Man from the Walna Scar Road.
Coniston and the head of Coniston Water.
The view to the south.
Dougal strikes a typical Beardie pose.
Buck Pike and Dow Crag from Little Arrow Moor.
Brown Pike and Blind Tarn.
The Cove panorama.
Little Dougal looks at the big fells.
Casper and Dougal.
The climb to The Old Man.
Panoramic Old Man.
Brown Pike and Buck Pike.
The sun shining on Morecambe Bay and Coniston Water -
the Crake Valley is still frosty.
The view over Bursting Stone Quarry towards Windermere
(Bursting Stone is a type of slate).
Black Combe beyond Walna Scar.
Of course, we had to visit our old pal up here.
The view from the top of The Old Man.
Windermere from the summit.
A Remembrance Day poppy on the column.
Wetherlam above Levers Water with the track below
snaking down to Low Water.
The deserted summit of Coniston Old Man.
Dougal and Casper on the summit.
It was a beautiful day up here today but with a cold
Brim Fell, Swirl How and Great Carrs from The Old Man.
The person of Brim Fell was a Striding Edge fan - he recognised us from
that distance! Nice to meet you up there.
The Scafells and Langdales in the distance are clouded
Looking back to the summit.
Walking the icy Brim Fell ridge.
Great Carrs, Swirl How and Great How Crags from Brim
An icy descent of Brim Fell Rake.
Brim Fell from Raven Tor.
Levers Water, Black Sails and Wetherlam.
Swirl How and Wetherlam across Levers Water.
Wetherlam and the Coppermines Valley from the descent.
I had a little wander off the beaten track across
Below Beck Fells on the west face of The Old Man on the way back. Unfortunately two young ladies on
their way to The Old Man summit decided to follow me as I must have
looked as though I knew where I was going. I set them back on the right
path when I realised they couldn't be going the same way as me -
remember, if you see a bloke with a couple of dogs, don't follow him as
you could end up anywhere!
The Old Man from the Walna Scar Road.
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