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A Coniston Circuit / 1½ days / 12 miles (19km)

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Date: 15 Dec 2003
Start / Finish: Coniston.
Maps: Outdoor Leisure 6: English Lakes South West.

Day 1Wetherlam to Brim Fell7 miles / 3800 feet (11.3km / 1158m)
Day 2Coniston & Goats Water5 miles / 270 feet (8.0km / 83m)

A short trip with easy paths. The original idea was to return via the Dow Crag ridge, but as the tops were misted out on the second day and we had never visited Goats Water before, we descended below the crags instead.

Day 1 - Wetherlam to Brim Fell

From Coniston we took the Church Beck path and crossed at Miners Bridge to approach Wetherlam from the S ridge. Unlike our previous visit, we kept to the right hand path on the upper slopes to ensure that we found the beautiful group of tarns before the first false summit.

Levers Water
Levers Water (15 Dec 2003__09:53:30)
Wetherlam tarn
Wetherlam tarn (15 Dec 2003__10:24:19)
Wetherlam pool & Black Sails
Wetherlam pool & Black Sails (15 Dec 2003__10:48:12)
Scafells from Wetherlam
Scafells from Wetherlam (15 Dec 2003__11:03:15)

Taking the main highway W, a thin path branches L to the often bypassed summit of Black Sails. Rejoining the main path over Swirl How to Great Carrs, with great views N in very clear conditions, we descended to the Grey Friar col to collect water at the stream head a short distance down to the N. From here we took the contouring path back to the main ridge and climbed to Brim Fell for the pitch.

Black Sails & Wetherlam from Swirl How
Black Sails & Wetherlam from Swirl How (15 Dec 2003__13:18:26)
Grey Friar & Swirl Edge
Grey Friar & Swirl Edge (15 Dec 2003__14:56:36)
Sunset behind Dow Crag & Black Combe from Brim Fell
Sunset behind Dow Crag & Black Combe from Brim Fell (15 Dec 2003__15:52:53)

Day 2 - Coniston & Goats Water

The morning saw the tops misted out and a strong wind. After a cursory visit to the Old Man, we descended to the Dow Crag col and then down the repaired path to Goats Water beneath the towering buttresses which were engulfed in swirling mist. The well used path continues around the lake to the Walna Scar road, which joins the lane to Coniston.

Goats Water
Goats Water (16 Dec 2003__09:51:37)