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Swirl How

Swirl How



Grid Reference: NY 27282 00551
Height: 802 metres/2631 feet

"The cairn is splendidly sited at the extreme end of the long and level summit plateau."
A Wainwright

The Coniston Fells extend in across four main ridges, all ridges originating from Swirl How, the hub of the Coniston Fells and a wonderful summit. To the north the land drops steeply to Greenburn, to the south east dropping to Levers Water and to the south west more gently towards Seathwaite Tarn.

A subsidiary summit, Great How Crags offers an even better viewpoint over Levers Water and across the mine workings above the Coppermines Valley below. Good scrambling will be found above Levers Water climbing the ridges below Great How Crags.

  1. Coniston Old Man

    Coniston Old Man: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:

    A long walk over rough ground, great views over suthern Lakeland and some stunning summits and ridges

    Distance: 13km / 8 miles
    Ascent: 1000m / 3300ft
    Duration: 6 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  2. Dow Crag with the Scafell range beyond

    Coniston Fells from the Duddon: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:

    A long walk, but with little exposure taking in the lesser walked side of the Coniston Fells

    Distance: 18km / 11 miles
    Ascent: 1200m / 3800ft
    Duration: 6-7 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  3. Wetherlam from Lingmoor Fell

    Wetherlam from Little Langdale: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:

    A long walk over rough ground with some of the best views possible of the southern Lake District

    Distance: 16km / 10 miles
    Ascent: 1140m / 3300ft
    Duration: 7 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  4. Approaching Dow Crag

    Coniston Old Man & Dow Crag: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:

    A wonderful route taking in the summits of Coniston Old Man as well as Dow Crag and Brim Fell, stunning views throughout across southern Lakeland as well as over Morecambe Bay and beyond

    Distance: 15km / 9 miles
    Ascent: 980m / 3200ft
    Duration: 6 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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