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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




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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