Great Carrs

Height: 785 metres / 2575 feet Grid reference: NY 27045 00880 Category: The Southern Fells

The Scafells, Crinkle Crags and Bowfell are covered by a thick blanket of cloud looking from Great Carrs

The Scafells, Crinkle Crags and Bowfell are covered by a thick blanket of cloud looking from Great Carrs

The memorial on Great Carrs

The memorial on Great Carrs

Coniston Round

Start Point: Walna Scar road (SD 289 970)

Walna Scar road – Coniston Old ManBrim Fell – Levers Hawse – Grey FriarGreat CarrsSwirl How – Prison Band – Swirl Hawse – Levers Water – Boulder Valley – Walna Scar road

Distance: 8.5 miles     Total Ascent: 968 metres     Time Taken: 4 hours 30 minutes     Start Time: 07:15

Weather: Breezy, cold on top, 12°C

Today’s walk involved an early start to take in a round of the Coniston fells. It was a solitary walk today and there was no-one around and that wind was oh-so cold, I think I have forgotten what it can be like given all the recent warm weather we have had – brrr! This walk will feature in an issue of Trail Magazine soon.

Coniston Round

Coniston Fells

Start Point: Walna Scar road (SD 289 970)

Walna Scar road – Coniston Old ManBrim Fell – Levers Hawse – Great How Great CarrsSwirl How – Prison Band – Swirl Hawse – Levers Water – Boulder Valley – Walna Scar road

Distance: 7 miles     Total Ascent: 862 metres     Time Taken: 4 hours     Start Time: 07:30

Weather: Some sunny spells, cool on top with showers, 16°C

The Coniston fells were shrouded in mist when I set off and they were in and out of the clouds all morning as the sun tried its best to shine through. It is a great ridge walk from The Old Man to Swirl How and a fair while since I have done it – I’m glad I did today as I enjoyed it and saw no one this Monday morning.

Coniston Fells Map

Greenburn Round

Start point: Fell Foot, Little Langdale (NY 296 032)

Fell Foot – Rough Crags – High End Wet Side Edge Hell Gill Pike Little Carrs Great Carrs – Top of Broad Slack – Swirl How Prison Band – Swirl Hawse – Wetherlam – Birk Fell Hawse – Greenburn – Fell Foot

Distance: 5.9 miles     Total Ascent: 883 metres     Time Taken: 3 hours 45 minutes

Weather: Changeable, cool. 13C.

Today I had a walk around Greenburn from Little Langdale, the weather didn’t seem to hold much promise when I set off but it was fascinating to watch the rapidly changing conditions as I walked, with it seemingly changing by the minute. It was very wintry and cold on the top of Great Carrs, I even had to put my winter jacket on – good job Casper was wearing his!

Coniston Circuit

Start point: Walna Scar road (SD 289 970)

Walna Scar road – Coniston Old Man Brim Fell Levers Hawse – Grey Friar Great Carrs Swirl How – Prison Band – Swirl Hawse – Levers Water – Boulder Valley – Walna Scar road

Distance: 8.2 miles     Total Ascent: 925 metres     Time Taken: 4 hours

Weather: Icy at first, sunny later. 0oC at first, 7oC max.

I didn’t know what the weather would do today; it looked clear enough but the forecasts predicted otherwise so I opted for a circuit of the Coniston fells which seemed to be enjoying a decent amount of sunshine. Coniston Water was covered with a blanket of cloud as happens on this type of freezing morning but higher up it was a mix of wispy clouds and clear blue skies. The highlight was the fabulous stillness and reflections on Levers Water.

Coniston Round

Start point: Walna Scar road (SD 289 970)

Walna Scar road – Brown PikeBuck PikeDow Crag Goat’s  Hawse – Coniston Old Man Brim Fell Levers Hawse –  Great How Grey Friar Great Carrs Swirl How – 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 surprisingly busy today.

Coniston Round

Start point: Walna Scar road (SD 289 970)

Walna Scar road – Brown PikeBuck Pike on Seathwaite FellDow Crag Goat’s  Hawse –Coniston Old Man Brim Fell Levers Hawse –  Great How  Swirl Band – Top of Broad Slack –Great Carrs Swirl How – Prison Band – Swirl Hawse – Levers Water – Boulder Valley – Walna Scar road

Distance: 10.5 miles     Total Ascent: 2670 metres     Time Taken: 4 hours 30 minutes

Weather: Very cold with gale force winds. 3oC, but much colder with the wind chill.

It didn’t look too promising when I set off along the Walna Scar Road and sure enough when I reached Brown Pike the wind was gale force and the hailstones were shotblasting my face. Magically, when I reached Dow Crag, the clouds cleared (blown away presumably!) and there were lovely blue skies. The wind was ever present and made the walking difficult at times; full winter gear was required today. Today was the first time I have ever been recognised on the fells from this website (okay, Angus was recognised to be technically correct). He’s famous that dog!

Great Carrs

Start point: Three Shire Stone (NY 277 027)

Three Shire Stone – Wet Side Edge – Little Carrs Great CarrsHell Gill Pike Wet Side Edge – Three Shire Stone

Distance: 4 miles     Total Ascent: 400 metres     Time Taken: 1 hour 30 minutes

Weather: Wet and windy. 10oC.

Today is Armistice Day and alongside the two minute silence at 11am, there was special service taking place on Great Carrs to commemorate the crewmen (seven Canadian and one Briton) who died in a World War II plane crash there. The Armistice Day service was held to rededicate a memorial to the crew members of the fateful Halifax bomber which crashed after becoming lost in bad weather in October 1944. Officiated by the Vicar of Coniston, the Rev Mark East, the ceremony was attended by representatives of the RAF and the Canadian Embassy.

The weather was absolutely atrocious up there with the wind being gale force on the top, so no lovely views today!

Coniston Old Man

Start point: Coniston (SD 150 896)

Coniston – Levers Water – Swirl Hawse – Prison Band –  Swirl How Great Carrs – Swirl Band – Great How  Levers Hawse – Brim Fell Coniston Old Man The Bell – Coniston

Weather: Dull, damp with a cold wind.

Today’s walk was a round of the Coniston fells. The weather has taken a turn for the worse again and the clear views and picture postcard snowy scenes have all blown away – the wind was gale force at times and the rain relentless.

A Coniston Round

Start point: Coniston (SD 304 976)

Coniston – Walna Scar road – Brown Pike (48) – Buck Pike on Seathwaite Fell (49) – Dow Crag (50) – Goat’s Hawse – Coniston Old Man (51) – Brim Fell (52) – Levers Hawse – Great How (53) – Grey Friar (54) – Little Carrs (55) – Hell Gill Pike (56) – Great Carrs (57) – Swirl How (58) – Prison Band – Swirl Hawse – Black Sails (59) – Wetherlam (60) – Coniston

Weather: Overcast with sunny spells. Very windy.

A long Coniston round today taking in all the highest tops and some of the less well known ones. It was a drizzly start but this soon cleared and there were lots of sunny intervals with some cloud coming in. There was a strong breeze all day growing to gale force by the end of the walk.

You may have noticed a distinct lack of Tarns on this walk. This is because there were so many to be seen, I have given them their own page and they can be viewed here.

Coniston Tarns

Start point: Coniston (SD 304 976)

Coniston – Walna Scar road – Brown Pike (48)Buck Pike on Seathwaite Fell (49)Dow Crag (50)Goat’s  Hawse Coniston Old Man (51) Brim Fell (52) Levers Hawse – Great How (53) Grey Friar (54) Little Carrs (55)Hell Gill Pike (56) Great Carrs (57) Swirl How (58) – Prison Band – Swirl Hawse – Black Sails (59)Wetherlam (60) – Coniston

It was amazing how many tarns and stretches of water could be seen on this Coniston Round; they are shown on this page.