Grey Friar via the south-west ridge

Start point: Troutal, Duddon Valley (SD 234 983)

Troutal – Troutal Fell – Grey Friar south-west ridge – Grey Friar – Fairfield col – Seathwaite Tarn – Troutal

Distance: 6.1 miles     Total Ascent: 643 metres     Time Taken: 3 hours 30 minutes     Start Time: 11:20

Weather: Cold wind. 7°C.

There was an arctic blast again today with snow and hail falling on the higher ground and the wind was biting to say the least. It was very quiet on the fells, I didn’t see a soul anywhere but I guess a lot of Cumbrians have fair bit of clearing up to do after the floods unfortunately.

Grey-Friar

Grey Friar

Height: 770 metres / 2526 feet Grid reference: NY 26009 00359 Category: The Southern Fells

The summit of Grey Friar, Harter Fell beyond

The summit of Grey Friar, Harter Fell beyond

Grey Friar across Wrynose Bottom from the climb to Hard Knott

Grey Friar across Wrynose Bottom from the climb to Hard Knott

 The Scafells from Grey Friar.

The Scafells from Grey Friar.

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

Grey Friar

Start point: Long House, Duddon Valley (SD 239 968)

Long House – Seathwaite Tarn – Troutal Fell – Grey Friar – Fairfield – Calf Cove – Seathwaite Tarn – Long House

Distance: 7 miles     Total Ascent: 600 metres    Time Taken: 2 hours 45 minutes     Start Time: 09:30

Weather: Clearing. 17C

It was completely miserable this morning when I set off in full waterproofs and the rain was like stair rods. Still, how could I disappoint Dougal and Casper who were raring to go for this one? Once up at Seathwaite Tarn I could see it was clearing from the west, the rain clouds were blown away by the strong wind…as was I by the fact the day turned out so well after a wet start! The downside of the day was the Salomon ‘wonder boots’ let in after a prolonged walk through very boggy sections, especially on the return section. It’s back to the drawing board in search of the ultimate pair of boots I’m afraid!

 

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.

Grey Friar

Start point: Troutal, Duddon Valley (SD 234 983)

Troutal – Seathwaite Tarn – Fairfield – Grey Friar – Troutal Fell – Troutal

Distance: 6.5 miles     Total Ascent: 961 metres     Time Taken: 2 hours 30 minutes

Weather: Sunny with a strong, cold wind. 14°C.

The sun continued to shine for this morning’s ascent to the north-west cornerstone of the Coniston fells, Grey Friar. There was a strong, icy breeze blasting down from the fells across Seathwaite Tarn and it felt a lot colder than yesterday.

Grey Friar, standing apart from the main Coniston fells, gives magnificent, uninterrupted views of the Sca Fells and  a great view of Harter Fell and westwards out to the coast and the Irish Sea.

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.