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2004 08 08 - Grey Friar, Swirl How and Great Carrs.

It was a very warm day with temperatures in the high twenties but strong winds in exposed places kept the tops relatively cool. Long-distance views were spoiled by mist and haziness. I was a little disappointed with the photographs because of this. I started from Wrynose pass and followed the path that climbs steadily before heading off to the right across the hillside above Wrynose. Another steep section is reached (none of it difficult) before the path doubles back to the left and ascends to the cairn on Wet Side Edge. I turned right at the foot of Great Carrs (as described by Wainwright) and headed towards Grey Friar via  Fairfield col. From here it was an easy and peaceful stroll to the summit. From the summit I dropped back down to Fairfield col and continued to Swirl How before dropping back down over Great Carrs.

 

Looking across Wrynose Pass to Pike O'Blisco

 

Looking towards Great Carrs

 

Harter Fell across the hazy Duddon valley

 

Cold Pike and Pike O'Blisco

 

Great Carrs with Swirl How behind

 

Grey Friar appears...

 

...and gets nearer

 

Brim Fell (the Old Man is hidden behind) and Dow Crag

 

The  twin peaks of Grey Friar's summit

 

From Grey Friar's summit towards Dow Crag

 

From Grey Friar's summit towards Brim Fell with the Old Man now visible

 

And looking back towards Grey Friar as I climb towards Top of Broad Slack

 

Memorial to the crashed Halifax

 

Wetherlam

 

The summit of Swirl How from Top of Broad Slack

 

Swirl How summit cairn

 

Swirl How summit again with Wetherlam behind

 

Looking towards Great Carrs from Swirl How

 

Levers Water and a hazy Coniston Water in the distance

 

Looking towards the Old Man in the far distance

 

Great Carrs from Swirl How summit

 

Swirl How from Great Carrs

 

Looking down Greenburn valley towards Greenburn reservoir with Little Langdale Tarn beyond

 

Cold Pike, Pike O'Blisco and the top of Bowfell as I near Wrynose Pass again

 

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