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Name:Swirl How
Hill number:2635
Height:802.4m / 2633ft
Parent (Ma):2634  The Old Man of Coniston [Coniston Old Man]
RHB Section:34D: Southern Cumbria
Nuttall/Wainwright area:Lake District - Southern Fells
County/UA:Cumbria (CoU)
Catchment:Duddon, Catchment Boundaries, Leven (Ulverston)
Watershed:Morecambe Bay
Class:Hump, Simm, Hewitt, Nuttall, Wainwright,
Birkett, Synge, Fellranger, Buxton & Lewis, Bridge,
Clem
(Hu,Tu,Sim,Hew,N,W,B,Sy,Fel,BL,Bg,Cm)
Grid ref:NY 27281 00552
Summit feature:cairn incorporating large rock
Drop:120m
Col:682m  SD270994  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 89 90
(1:25k) OL6N
Survey:Leica NA730/Leica GS15
Surveys of Swirl How and Coniston Old Man.pdf
Comments:probably lower than The Old Man of Coniston, see hill 2634
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From three shires stones over Great Carr. Misty at the summit, but good views the rest of the walk. Continued to Grey Friar.LizH14/10/2019
The Old Man of Coniston -> Brim Fell -> Dow Crag -> Walna Scar -> White Maiden -> Green Crag -> Harter Fell -> Grey Friar -> Grear Carrs -> Swirl How -> Black Sails -> Wetherlam. Mostly nice weather for my 2 day walk. Camped at Harter Fell.axoree12/10/2019
With K from WetherlamAshley30/09/2019
With Jonny, Nathan and Chris. Dropping a car in Tiberthwaite, we walked up Yewdale Beck and into Dry Cove Bottom. Up onto Weathelam Edge, the veiws kicked in, and the wind picked up. Nice almost scramble upto Weatherlam. Then along the Black Sails, and another fun step up to Swirl How. We then walked along the ridge to Brim Fell and the Old Man. Turning back on ourselves, we went along the Dow Crag ridge (new fav) along Buck, Brown Pike, then down and along to Walna scar and White Maiden, before dropping back into Torver for food and well needed sleep. 8hr20mins (5hr19min): 20.3km; 1437mByronHaywood14/09/2019
. . . after Grey Friar . . . Misty now!apshepherd13/09/2019
Circular from Seathwaite. Dow Crag, Old Man, Brim Fell, Swirl How, Great Carrs, Grey friardavepeel24/08/2019
7/11 From Seathwaite, up Walna Scar then Brown Pike, Buck Pike, Dow Crag, Brim Fell, Little How Crags, Great How Swirl Band, Swirl How, Great Carrs, Grey Friar, then down to Seathwaite tarn on delightful path and round to Long Crag - through Bracken and back down valley on Bridleway to High Tongue (High Tongue is an awful struggle in tussocks but not for too long - climb it from South rather than North and it will be shorter for you). 7 hours.nickywood103/08/2019
Birkett route SOUTHERN FELLS-CON 1. Start Three Shire Stone summit of wrynose pass. HELL GILL PIKE- LITTLE CARRS-GREAT CARRS-SWIRL HOW- added in GREAT HOW-LITTLE HOW - GREY FRIAR. Blustery day started with thin cloud ended clear and Sunny. Lovely views of Scafell range.Hill Wanderer04/07/2019
Solo walk as part of my annual pilgrimage, circular walk started at Walna Scar Road and completed summits of Walna Scar, Brown Pike, Buck Pike, Dow Crag, Coniston Old Man, Brim Fell, Swirl How and Great Carrs. ( and back to Swirl How to be able to descend via The Prison and Levers Water to return to my start point.Pootlemum28/06/2019
With Stephen. From C.P. at Tilberthwaite (NY3060601011). Wetherlam, Swirl How, Great Carrs & Grey Friar. Low cloud with intermittent rain on tops.ADT01/06/2019
With the Summit Good group - led by Davidanimymous19/05/2019
Round from Coniston via Wetherlam to the Old Man.NormanW12/04/2019
Walked Old man across to Great CarrsSteve8111/04/2019
Dow Crag, Brim Fell, Swirl How, Grey Friar, Great Carrs - with Bassy and Duey.robba_wag31/03/2019
Cloudy and very Windy. Found the wreckagesiholden24/03/2019
Birkett`s Con 4 walkmart079726/02/2019
With Big SamCora Thorny15/02/2019
From Coniston - Dixon Ground - Wains Scar Road - Steep ascent via Limestone Haws and Craig O Stile to summit and trig - Brim Fell - Swirl How summit - then down past Great Carrs - Little Carrs - Wet Side edge - Greenburn - Low Hall Garth - Atkinson Coppice - High Tibberthwaite - Lane to A593 - then path through woods back to Coniston. ran out of daylight at Tibberthwaite (end of walk in dark).briandavies24/11/2018
With Footloose walkers and Jill ..From Coniston on a very windy day ..Walna Scar,dropping below Dow Crag and Brim Fell and on to Swirl How ..retracing steps and back via Levens water to ConistonGrey Hare18/11/2018
Walk with the 'stanly' walking group. A lot of rain but very good ridge walk.shriver08/10/2018
From Wrynose Pass up to Wetside Edge to Little Carrs,Great Carrs & onto Swirl How down over How Grags & up to Brim Fell & 'busy' The Old Man, back over Brim Fell then contour path round & up to Grey Friar the Wetside Edge & down to the Pass, v cool breeze till mid afternoon, warmer,less breezy & increasing sunshine early evening onwards..apricorum22/09/2018
(Walkers with) Torun Mcmoran, Gary Dean, Dave Topliss. (Parking/start point) Ruskin Museum - Copper Mines Cottages - Hole Rake - Dry Cove Bottom - Steel Edge - Lower Hows - Wetherlam - Swirl Hawse - Prison Band - Swirl How - Great How Crags - Little How Crags - Brim Fell - Coniston Old Man - Low Water - Crowberry Haws - Miners Bridge - Ruskin Museum.redbob22/09/2018
Headed up from Brim fell. Good paths straight forward ascent. with Richie.Zoe Little04/09/2018
Hill bagging with Andrew: Wetherlam, Black Sails, Swirl How, Great Carrs, Grey Friar, Black Crag, The Old Man Of Coniston. 16.86km 3:51:00peter_tun05/08/2018
Bleathwaite Pasture, Brown Pike, Buck Pike, Dow Crag, The Old Man of Coniston, Brim Fell, Swirl How, Black Sails, Erin Crag, Kennel Cragkeithouk05/08/2018
Round from Gt Carrs.bevandy11401/08/2018
With Sue from Seathwaite. Via a very dry Seathwaite Tarn. Very misty.Frank21/07/2018
On a round of 7 hills from Cockley Beck. From Great How, on to Great Carrs.jonglew15/07/2018
From Wrynose Pass with Delva on another hot day. From Great Carrs and back via Grey FriarNeilb08/07/2018
Solo walk from Coniston - Miners Bridge - Low Water - The Old Man of Coniston - Brim Fell - SWIRL HOW - Wetherlam - Hole Rake - Miners Bridge - Wainwright 133Nutty02/07/2018
From Grey Friar again we cut across Great Carrs knowing we’d be doing it last on this walk taking the direct route route to Swirl How. Fantastic summit on the edge of a cliff looking down the valley to Windermere. We actually didn’t stay at all on this summit as there was people on it but because we were going to retrace our steps back up Prison Band coming back to the summit and finally getting Great Carrs in. But when we got back and hour or so later it really was a great rocky summit with a great cairn at the head of the valley.Scotty 2 Hotty21/06/2018
From Weatherlam via Prison BandMrChris198001/06/2018
Beautiful day (24 degrees and sunny!) Old Man of Coniston, Brim Fell, Little How Crag, Great How Crag, Swirl How, Great Carrs, Grey Friar and Little Carrs and Hell Gill PikeFionalevey30/05/2018
Direct through the old quarries, Coniston Old Man, Brim Fell, Swirl How and Wetherlamre142120/05/2018
From Wetherlem up Prison BandCyclistno106/05/2018
From Black Sails, via Prison Bandrfoster02/05/2018
The Coniston Fellssms.3721/04/2018
Walna Scar CP > Goat's Hawse > Dow Crag > Goat's Hawse > The Old Man of Coniston > Brim Fell > Great How (Swirl Band) > Grey Friar > Great Carrs > Swirl How > Swirl Hawse > Black Sails > Wetherlam > Lad Stones > Walna Scar CP. Fine but largely cloudy great walking day, just me and Hjohnkaysleftleg14/04/2018
Bagged on a mega hill day, circular walk from car park above Heathwaite, via Lower Water to Coniston Old Man, Brim Fell, Little How Crags, Great How (Swirl Band), Swirl How, Prison Band (who played jail house to their captive audience!), Levers Waters and back to the car park, Mr TJR reckoned we covered about 10 miles.thejackrustles11/04/2018
From car park above Heathwaite, across Braidy Beck ascended Old Man of Coniston via Low Water tarn. On to Dow Crag via Goat Hawse. Retrace steps and ascend Brim Fell. Follow ridge to Lervers Hawse took path that contours around Swirl How to Fairfield and ascend Grey Friars. Return to Fairfield and ascend Great Carrs and Swirl How. Descent to Swirl Hawse and Lever’s Water, contour around to Grey Crag to the Pudding Stone and Crowberry Haws and return to car park.raymooremanx29/03/2018
Wetherlam via Hole Rake, Black Sails (Nuttall), Swirl Hawse, Prison Band, Swirl How, Grey Friar, Brim Fell, The Old Man of Coniston, Goats Hawse, Dow Crag, Buck Pike, Brown Pike, Wanna Scar (Nuttall), White Maiden (Nuttall) back to Coniston via Walna scar Road.Stu Percival07/02/2018
eyenose03/02/2018
Started at Tilberthwait Quarry Car Park NY 30610 01006. via Wetherlam and Black Sails then onto, Grey Friar & Great Carrs. Retutned back via WetherlamWestdenewalker14/09/2017
With MMC, Hodge Close Quarry to Tranearthrobertgn09/09/2017
From Walna Scar CP. Up Coniston Old Man, on to BrimFell, Swirl How,Great Carrs,Grey Friar & Wetherlam. Back to CP via Coppermines Road.Wandyone2313/08/2017
Parked on one of the 5 or 6 small hardstanding areas, just E. of Wrynose summit – After ‘mopping up’ 3 Birketts missed on previous walks i.e. Hell Gill Pike, Little Carrs & Great Carrs, returned to car via summits of Swirl How & Great Carrs, both of which were previously bagged in February 1979. (PM)gerrybowes08/08/2017
Weatherlam, Black Sails, Swirl How, Grey Friar, Great Carrs horseshoe from Fell Foot.lenman05/08/2017
Coniston - Wetherlam - SWIRL HOW - Great Carrs - Grey Friar - Conistoneviljeff917/07/2017
Circular walk from Walna Scar car park Dow Crag Swirl How Great Carrs Grey Friar Wetherlam Brim Fell Coniston Old Manjaney.m08/07/2017
Cumbrian Traverse - Broughton Mills to KeswickIWC16/06/2017