Walk Leader: Garth Raybould Total Distance: 8½ miles (13.5 km) Total ascent: 3360 feet (1025 m)
Climbing Prison Band 2010
Now we are into real 'A' walk
territory!The distance is short but
there is plenty of climbing on this walk.From Coniston to the summit of Wetherlam is a continuous, 2-hour,
3-mile, 700m (2340ft) climb, varying in gradient but with some steep bits.Apart from that it's easy!Well, apart from descending to Swirl Hawse
and then having to climb again.That
descent is quite rocky and care needs to be taken. The ascent of Prison Band to Swirl How is also
rocky and requires a bit of easy scrambling here and there (hands as well as
feet); it's steep but should only take about 20 minutes.After that it is a genuinely easy, undulating
walk to the top of the Old Man, followed by a steep descent (mainly on grass)
back to Coniston, where the delights of the Sun Inn await.
This is a good 5¼-hour walk and
although there is time for breaks we need to keep up a fairly brisk pace.However, there are safe and easy 'escape
routes' if time is lost for any reason.