Swirl How, from Levers Water

Swirl How, from Levers Water

Height: 2630 feet above sea level

Volume: Book 4 (The Southern Fells)

Date climbed: 16th September 2009 (walk 6)

Bagged as number: 20 out of 214. [ << Low Pike (19)   (21) Grey Friar >> ]

Swirl How summit

Swirl How summit: Scafell range in background

Route of ascent and descent: Ascended from Coniston, via Levers Hause. Descended to Fairfield col then on to Grey Friar. I then returned to the summit later in the walk from Great Carrs before descending to Swirl Hause and then going on to Wetherlam.

What Mr. Wainwright says (from page 2 of his chapter): “Swirl How, although not quite the highest of the Coniston Fells, is the geographic centre of the group, radiating splendid ridges from a peaked summit to the four points of the compass…. If only Swirl How asserted itself a little more and overtopped its satellites by a few hundred feet it would rank with the noblest fells in Lakeland, its ‘build-up’ being topographically excellent.”

Swirl How from Dow Crag

Swirl How, with Great Carrs to the far left, viewed from Dow Crag. The snowy peaks in the background are the Helvellyn range.

What I say: I know what he means about the fell ‘asserting itself’ – each of the other three I did on the day were more memorable in little ways. This was a good climb, though: as were all on this walk in fact.

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