Walkers: Tim, Caroline
9:45, 0.0km 0h00 0m, Start (55)11:29, 5.1km 1h43 736m, Coniston Old Man (803)
12:07, 6.9km 2h21 858m, Dow Crag (778)
12:50, 8.7km 3h04 1007m, Brim Fell (796)
13:53, 12.0km 4h07 1158m, Grey Friar (773)
14:22, 13.4km 4h36 1239m, Great Carrs (785)
14:33, 14.0km 4h47 1285m, Swirl How (802)
15:35, 16.0km 5h49 1426m, Wetherlam (763)
17:37, 21.4km 7h51 1433m, End (55)
We continued up to the top, I was relishing being able to climb a lot faster than with Evie, although we were both really glad of the little wind there was to take the edge off the heat.
The top was fairly busy, but it quickly thinned out as we continued beyond the summit, and the people we met tended to have more expensive walking gear! The next target was Dow Crag, which turns out had a very small piece of climbing to reach the very top. Caroline was persuaded to make it up - the view was clearly much better than just slightly lower down!
We retraced our steps, and took the option of going back to Brim Fell. On the way we met a rather confused lady, who wasn't sure where we was - she at least had a postcard sized map, so we helped her understand which route she had taken to the top and which way to go next to find her way back to Coniston. This is at Brim Fell, looking back towards the Old Man.
Grey Friar with the sharp peak of Dow Crag visible in the middle of the far ridge.
Swirl How, the cliff edge is Great Carrs. From here we took the path down to Prison Band, and then onwards and upwards.
Wetherlam was our eventual reward with this great view back over to Lake Windermere in the distance.
We then walked back along the ridge, avoiding going down the lower path down the valley where Grace lost her boot many years before - both times I've gone that way I've not really found a path. Coming back down the ridge made for better views of the mining scars of the Old Man, and this great view of a very luck sheep.