Coniston Old Man to Levers water

Name of walk Coniston Old Man to Levers water
Date of walk 2009-11-15
Distance walked (miles) 7
Duration of walk 5 hours 0 minutes
Weather overcast, mist, cold
Peaks on walk Coniston Old Man, Brim Fell, Swirl How
Walked with Ged and blind Kas
Parking Fell Gate car park.

Yesterday Ged, Kas the blind dog and I headed for Coniston. We parked at the Fell Gate and headed for Coniston Old Man (2633ft) via the old mine workings and Low Water. We then went to Brim Fell (2611ft) and Swirral How (2630ft) and down the Prison Band to Swirl Hause where we took the path down to Levers Water and back via the Pudding Stone and Boulder Valley. A walk of just over 7 miles.

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View from the car park of the track up to the mine workings.

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Looking back to Coniston Water and the car park.

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Making our way up through all the slate heaps.

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Disused mine building.

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Continuing on up

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There is a big cave off right, but it was too dark to take any pix..

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Low Water. This time last year the tarn was frozen over.

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We continued on up

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We headed off up into the mist.

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Looking down on Low Water and the winding path. Levers Water can just be seen on the right.

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On the Old man summit. The brown dog was called Tess and belonged to the two guys Ged is chatting to. No views at all up here so we continued on to Brim Fell then down to the gap between Brim Fell and Swirl How. The wind was blowing and the temperature was very cold, so best to keep moving as quickly as possible.

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There was a brief break in the mist for a good view of Levers Water.

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View out to Esthwaite Water and Coniston Water..

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Looking back up to Brim Fell, Dow Crag on the right. We headed up to Swirl How.

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Seathwaite Tarn..

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Looking over the Prison Band, our route down, to sunshine on the hills beyond.

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Looking towards Lingmoor and Little Langdale Tarn..

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The mist has started to come back in again..

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Sunshine and mist on the Helvellyn range.

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Heading towards the outflow of Levers Water.

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Simon`s Nick, an old copper mine.

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Looking down on the mine workings.

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Kas heading for the wooden bridge over to The Pudding Stone.

This time it only took us 5 hours to complete, the previous time was six and a half hours, but that was in ice and snow. A good walk but would be better in sunshine….and warmth!
Jo.
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