Monday 14 December 2009

Coniston Fells

Sunday a great day, from Coniston an early start led up towards Coppermines valley, branching off to the right to gain height via the old quarrymans path to Tilbirthwaite. From the col the interesting path weaves between the rock outcrops onto Ladstones ridge, which I followed past the frozen tarns to the summit of Wetherlam. Always a favourite the views were good in all directions.
Here I met the first person of the day, I headed off to the west and after the short drop to the col I ascended Prison Band soon arriving at the summit cairn of Swirl How, again only one person on the top! My guess folks were otherwise engaged shoppin!
Along the ridge to Brim Fell and then Coniston Old Man. People about all over here and hereabouts! The descent to Goats Water hause was icy in places, although nothing to worry about, I was in trainers after all. The top of Dow Crag was reached in no time at all, lots of walkers of all ages here. An amazing vista the light was really good enabling Wales, the Isle of Man and Galloway in Scotland all to be seen. an easy promenade led to the track over Walna Scar, straight across and onto the thin path to White Maiden. This is a rarely visited top and all the better for it, it would make an excellent place for a bivi although water would have to be carried. Back to the pass over Walna Scar (the Hill) then down the Walna Scar road with the last rays of the sun on my back, losing it on the last mile to the car. 14 miles of pure pleasure.

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