Wetherlam, Swirl How, Great Carrs, Grey Friar & The Old Man

The Walk

14/08/2014
Following the previous days successful walk I decided to attack the same group of fells, but from the other direction and also adding another three Wainwright fells.
Starting in Coniston village I headed up past the Ruskin Museum which has a wing dedicated to Donald Campbell. Then onto Coppermines valley climbing all the while, I had decided to climb up to Wetherlam via Red Dell a very lonely outpost, infrequently visited and almost pathless. It turned out to be a reasonable decision apart from being quite wet underfoot in places and extremely steep going, on grass up to the col. The reason I mentioned grass is because it is so hard on the legs, with rock you can generally use your hands as well, so taking some of the strain.
Once the col was reached at Red Dell Head I turned right heading to Wetherlam my first summit of the day.
I headed back the way I had come then past Black Sails (nearly as high as Wetherlam) but strangely not a Wainwright. It was with eager anticipation I approached Prison Band, but, about a quarter of the way up the heavens opened, I already had my Berghaus waterproof jacket on but was wearing shorts on my lower half. I couldn't be bothered to put my waterproof trousers on because they feel horrible  sticking to my legs. So shelter was sought leaning up against a crag with my back to the heavy rain. After 15 minutes the rain eased a little so I continued up, enjoying Prison Band until the top which is Swirl How.
Next on the list was Great Carrs, but before that a visit to the Halifax bomber memorial was a must. I had met up with a couple of elderly gentleman who were on their second round of doing the Wainwright's, The rain kept falling for the next hour however chatting away with the gents as we walked towards the memorial helped me ignore it. They were heading over to Grey Friar next whereas I was bound for Great Carrs so we said our goodbyes for the time being.
The cloud had dropped even further and visibility was down to 10ft by the time I had retraced my steps to the crash site memorial, so out with the compass and take a due west bearing to pick up the path for Grey Friar my next Wainwright summit. Bingo, found the path. I actually overtook the two gents on the way beating them to the summit.
 The cloud didn't lift until I reached Levers Hause, allowing me to take a picture of Grey Friar and Seathwaite Tarn.
My next destination would be the Old Man, the weather had cleared and  dried my shorts out, socks were still a bit damp though hmm. My 2nd visit to the Old Man in two days with stunning views again and then the descent via the heavily eroded tourist path back to Coniston village.

3 Wainwright's completed - 34 in total
Wetherlam - 762 metres
Great Carrs - 788 metres
Grey Friar - 770 metres

Swirl How - 2nd visit.
Old Man of Coniston - 2nd visit

Red Dell from descent of The Old Man of Coniston.

Red Dell from descent of The Old Man of Coniston.