Wednesday, 13 May 2015

A Walk from Coniston 2015

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.

See who can spot this!

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