A mainly misty walk up Coniston Old Man with fantastic views in the afternoon once the cloud cleared
Distance: 15km; Ascent: 990m; Misty on the summits; with Peter & Gary
I had the day off work today and for once the weather forecast actually looked good! Therefore I decided to go hillwalking :-) A discussion on Twitter last night resulted in me driving up to Coniston this morning to meet Peter and Gary at the high carpark on the Walna Scar Road. We had chosen this start point to give us a bit of height advantage due to the fact I couldn't get there much before 11am.
We set off walking under mostly overcast skies, with the tops of the peaks covered by the cloud. There was a bitter, brisk wind blowing as we followed the Walna Scar Road WSW below the southern slopes of The Old Man of Coniston. It had been a number of years since my last visit and in the meantime the Walna Scar Road had clearly had some significant improvement works; it was also interesting to note that it's also been reclassified as a bridleway.
|Looking up to the south ridge of The Old Man of Coniston|
|Snowy, misty summit of The Old Man of Coniston|
|A brief break in the clouds on the north ridge of Coniston Old Man|
|Heading towards Levers Hawse|
After a little over a kilometre of traversing we reached the col to the west of Great Carrs and then an eighty metre ascent brought us to the two cairns on the summit of Grey Friar (Nuttall, Wainwright, Birkett).
|Remains of Halifax Bomber, which crashed here on 22/10/44|
|Brocken spectre between Great Carrs and Swirl How|
|Finally the cloud lifts as we head back towards Coniston Old Man|
|Levers Water with Coniston Water in the distance|
|Old Man of Coniston|
|Summit of the Old Man of Coniston|
More photos from the day can be found here and also here's a link to my Social Hiking map from the walk, complete with tweets and photos from the day.
N.B. 02/06/13 - Post date updated to actual date of walk, i.e. 15/02/13 (from 20/02/13)