Swirl How & Great Carrs via Levers Water

Name of walk Swirl How & Great Carrs via Levers Water
Date of walk 2021-04-16

On Friday we decided to Walk up to Swirl How and Great Carrs via Levers Water and Levers Hawse, returning via the Prison Band, starting from the Walna Scar Car park. The weather was excellent, warm, no wind and blue skies. The walk would be just under eight miles.

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We stopped on the side of Coniston Water.

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View from the Walna Scar car park which up until recently has always been free. The pay and display is now working. £8 for over four hours, and not even a public toilet to warrant such expense! I paid the £4 for four hours. There should be an inbetween price as not many people can go anywhere and back in four hours! Shame on you Rydal Estates!

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We take the second turn-off, the first goes to Coppermines Valley, the second to Levers Water and straight on for Coniston Old Man.

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Looking down on Coppermines Valley.

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Heading for Boulder Valley.

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Ged and the Pudding Stone. We cross the foot bridge and continue up.

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View back to the Pudding Stone.

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We reach Levers Water. Superb reflections today in the still water. On the left the Prison Band which we will descend later. Black Sails on the right with Wetherlam behind.

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We walk down to the shore.

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We take a selfie.

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Then we start to head around Levers Water towards Levers Hawse.

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Our route ahead.

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View back at Levers Water.

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There is a pitched path for some of the way.

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T-shirt weather!

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View back down. Coniston Water can be seen .

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The last bit!

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On Levers Hawse looking at the way ahead. It took two hours to reach.

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View to Seathwaite Tarn.

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Dow Crag on the left, Harter Fell on the right.

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Looking towards Grey Friar.

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Ged needs a breather after the climb up.

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View back to Brim Fell from our walk up to Little How Crags.

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Next up is Great How Crags and then the flat top of Swirl How. The summit cairn can be seen from some way off. When I reach it a bird is sitting on the very top stone. It looks like a wheatear.

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View down the Greenburn Valley to Greenburn Tarn and Little Langdale Tarn. Wet Side Edge on the left. It is a bit hazy today, but we can see out to the Helvellyn range and Fairfield, and to the Langdale Pikes on the left.

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Summit selfie.

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We take a there and back detour to Great Carrs. Scafell and Scafell Pike on the left, then Crinkle Crags and Bowfell.

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Scafell and Scafell Pike in close up. Still some snow!

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The Halifax Bomber Memorial on Great Carrs which crashed here in 1944. Grey Friar behind.

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Great Carrs summit view.

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We walk back up to Swirl How and descend the Prison Band. Always awkward in descent, so no photos taken here.

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Almost down to the dip and our turn off back to Levers Water.

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We head down.

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We stopped for lunch here.

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Back at Levers Water.

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Looking across at our route up to Levers Hawse.

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We are now on the grassy dam, looking back up the Prison band.

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Simon's Nick. Old copper mines.

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Last view of Levers Water. A panorama. Left click to enlarge click again to return.

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View down the Coppermines Valley to Coniston.

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We head back to the car park.

Ged wasn’t his usual speedy self today, so it took us five hours to complete the walk, not the four-ish I’d predicted. Thankfully the ticket police were busy elsewhere…..probably too busy counting all their money!

Jo.

 

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