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Lakeland Walks

Coniston Mini Marathon!

On the 27th June 09 myself, husband John, daughter Kayleigh, her fella Marc and of course Foster the best dog ever, parked in the carpark on Walna Scar Road. We walked along it until it levelled out and then turned up over Brown Pike, Buck Pike and onto Dow Crag. Then we went down to Goats Hause and up the other side onto the Old Man (as crowded as usual) and continued over Brim Fell and Swirl Band to reach the large cairn on Swirl How.

Picnic spot amongst the rocks coming down to Levers Hause!

Then to the main reason for this particular walk.... Grey Friar! Had tried for it once before but ended up not doing it as it was so windy we could hardly stand up but also thick cloud! Good visibility today though.

Then followed a vague path towards Little Carrs, back up to Swirl How and down Prison Band to reach Levers Water where we crossed the outflow and headed through Boulder Valley to reach the track which we followed back to the car park.

Despite the length and the height ascended (almost 12 miles with 4115 ft ascent according to Anquet) this was not particularly hard or overly strenuous...... well okay, it was a bit when we were trying to catch up with Marc the magnificent and Foster when they were trotting up the Old Man as if they were out for a stroll round the park! And there are loads of suitable rocks for picnics and scenery viewing.

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Quick Guide

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Parking Available: NO

Parking Free: NO

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Dog Friendly Walk: NO

Children Friendly Walk: NO

Children Recommended Age: Years

Children’s Pram/Buggy Friendly: NO

Local Pub for Lunch: NO

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Disability/Wheelchair access: NO

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Walk Grade: 1 (5 being Toughest, 1 easy)

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