The circuit of the Coppermines Valley skyline is rightfully a classic, blending fascinating industrial archaeology, jewel-like tarns and lofty ridges both grassy and rocky. For hardly any extra effort, the summit of Great Carrs can be visited, increasing your Wainwright tally to five. Once you’re there, the out-and-back to Grey Friar looks a modest additional outlay. And, once you've succumbed to the temptation of six, how could you resist the come-hither of Dow Crag, completing all seven summits in one outing?
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Distance: 11.87 miles (19.10 km)
Total ascent: 1,322m
Time: 2:30 – 3:30 hours (Trail running);
5 – 6 hours (Walking)
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SummitsThe Old Man of Coniston 803 m
Brim Fell 796 m
Dow Crag 778 m
Grey Friar 766 m
Great Carrs 785 m
Swirl How 802 m
Wetherlam 763 m
Coniston village centre, SD301976
Mix of good paths and a few sketchy contouring trods.
The descent of Prison Band may require axe and crampons in the winter months.
Weather and Hill Conditions: mwis: Lake District – Met Office: Lake District
Buses are 505, X12 or arrive by the Gondola for maximum style points.
OS Explorer OL6 (1:25,000), OS Explorer OL7 (1:25,000), Harvey/BMC Lake District (1:40,000), OS Landranger 97 (1:50,000), OS Landranger 96 (1:50,000), OS Landranger 89 (1:50,000) Directory Listings:
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