Name:Swirl How
Hill number:2635
Height:802.4m / 2633ft
Parent (Ma):2634  The Old Man of Coniston [Coniston Old Man]
SMC/RHB Section:34D: Southern Cumbria
Nuttall/Wainwright area:Lake District - Southern Fells
County/UA:Westmorland and Furness
Topographical area:EL04 Coniston-claife
Catchment:Duddon, Catchment Boundaries, Leven (Ulverston)
Watershed:Morecambe Bay
Class:Hump, Simm, Hewitt, Nuttall, Wainwright,
Birkett, Synge, Fellranger, Buxton & Lewis, Bridge,
Grid ref:NY 27282 00554
Summit feature:cairn incorporating large rock
Col:683m  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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Left Sam to head back down. Just me and Karl. Lovely black lab with 2 fell runners. No view, clag and wind.John9228/06/2024
The Coniston Fells. Dow Crag - Coniston Old Man - Brim Fell - Grey Friar - Great Carrs - Swirl How - Wetherlamsms.3722/06/2024
The Coniston Fells. Dow Crag - Coniston Old Man - Brim Fell - Grey Friar - Great Carrs - Swirl How - Wetherlam with SiNicefish22/06/2024
Coniston round - Long Crag scramble, Wetherlam, Swirl How, Great Carrs, Grey Friar, Brim Fell, Dow Crag, Old Man of ConistonBarns15012/06/2024
From Wetherlam via Swirl HawseMattD9916/05/2024
From Coniston to Great Langdale campsite via Wrynose pass with Burdon and Mo.TrekClimbing28/04/2024
8/10 Brown Pike Buck Pike, Dow Crag, Coniston Old Man, Brim Fell Little How Crags, Great How Crags, Swirl How, Wetherlam, Lad Stones, all with LDWA Lakeland group on our group walk. Cracking sunny day and revisits to all except Lad Stones.nickywood120/04/2024
Coniston, Wetherlam, Grey Friar, Old Man and back to Conistontrimarc220/03/2024
Solo trail runsimonjallen11/02/2024
Following Wetherlam up the Prison BandN.Morters25/11/2023
with ArchMunroist393524/11/2023
Staying at Coniston YH with Alex McBride for the weekend, we headed up Walna Scar Road (a track really) for a circuit covering eight summits. Five of which were Hewitts and Wainwrights, two were just Wainwrights and one was just a Hewitt. Alex is bagging the Wainwrights, while I'm doing the Hewitts. Summits in order: Dow Crag (774m), H and W Old Man of Coniston (803m), H and W Brim Fell (796m), W Grey Frair (773m), H and W Great Carr (785m), W Swirl How (802m), H and W Black Sails (745m), H Wetherlam (763m), H and Wchillyman821/10/2023
HWCSC hike 1 with LisaRumbo15/10/2023
From Coniston youth hostel. Nuttall walk 5.5 in reverse. Circuit of Walna Scar, White Maiden, Brown Pike, Buck Pike, Dow Crag, Old Man of Coniston, Brim Fell, Little How Crags, Great How, Great Carrs, Grey Friar, Swirl How, Black Sails, Wetherlam and Lad Stones. Blustery day in the aftermath of Storm Agnes, in/out of cloud all day with some showers but enjoyable revisit to many of the tops. Solo.richard6928/09/2023
Wander round with Andy.munkyennui28/08/2023
With Joe from Wetherlamdombenson28/05/2023
Morning lone run from camp at Levers Water. Little How Crags, Greats How crags, Grey Friar, Great Carrs and Swirl How. 5 miles 1838 ft elevation.nell158321/05/2023
Coniston loop. Wetherlam, Black Sails, Swirl How, Great Carrs, Grey Friars, Brim Fell, Old Man, Dow Crag, Walna Scar, White Pike, White Maiden. Just over 7 hours in warm sun. Great day.Longwojo13/05/2023
Old Man of Coniston loop:
A gruelling but rewarding 17 mile, 9.5 hour circular(ish) round ticking off 16 tops; Starting at free roadside parking just before the church at Bowmanstead, Kitty Crag-Lad Stones-Wetherlan-Black Sails-Swirl How-Great Carrs-Little Carrs-Hell Gill Pike-Grey Friar-Grey How-Little How Crags-Brim Fell-O.M.o.Coniston-Dow Crag-Buck Pike-Brown Pike and returned via Banishead Quarry.Alfa1M04/05/2023
From Coniston, scramble up Long Crag, Kitty Crag, Lad Stones, Wetherlam, Black Sail, Swirl How, Great Carrs, Grey Friar, Brim Fell and The Old Man of Coniston.welshyboyo03/03/2023
Baltic weather up Great Carrs, Swirl How, Wetherlam and Grey Friar.Winter Round25/02/2023
R TS RB etc Richard Tait21/02/2023
R K Full winter conds Richard Tait18/01/2023
From Wetherlamb and along to Old ManFlatfield19/11/2022
Dow Crag, Brim Fell, Grey Friar, Great Carrs, Swirl Howkeithouk23/10/2022
Wainwright Walk 6: Spider (Swirl How, Great Carrs, Grey Friar & Wetherlam)DavidHiner02/10/2022
The classic Coniston Round, but including a few not previously climbed Birketts and Synges, and including a new ridge down off Wetherlam. Starting point at Fell Gate is now a Pay + Display car park (£8 for the day). 18 summits topped during the day, order of ascent: Walna Scar, White Pike, White Maiden, Brown Pike, Buck Pike, Dow Crag, Coniston Old Man, Brim Fell, Little How Crags, Great How, Grey Friar, Great Carrs, Swirl How, Wetherlam, Black Sails, Erin Crag, Kennel Crag, The Bell. 25.5km with 1500m ascent taking 9 hours.silverwolf_alan21/09/2022
First hill of the day after a high camp, nice to have it to myself. I'd forgotten just how scrappy is the descent of Prison BandColin Crawford17/09/2022
From Low Tilberthwaite. 15.5 km, 1010 m asc. Up by Tilberthwaite Gill and Dry Cove to Birk Fell Man and up Wetherlam Eadge to Wetherlam summit. Down to Swirl Hawse and up Prison Band to Swirl How summit and around Broad Slack to Great Carrs summit. W by Fairfield to to Grey Friar summit and back to Little carrs and then down by Wet Side Edge to the Greenburn Beck FB. Back to Tilberthwaite by the Atkinson Coppice track. Hot & sunny.
From Wrynose Pass on a hot and sunny morning. Grey Friar, Great Carrs, Swirl How, Black Sails then Wetherlam. Descent was rather scrambly down the north east ridge of Wetherlam and then steeply down to the old mine and workings before a slog up to the eastern end of the Wet Side Edge ridge near High End before dropping down to the car at Three Shire Stone. Time 4 hours for 7.25 miles. Good views could just make out Ireland as well as the Isle of Man and Scotland.isabelle11/08/2022
Coniston - Wetherlam - Swirl How - Great Carrs - Grey Friar - Brim Fell - Old Man of Coniston - Dow Crag - ConistonJHes21/06/2022
From Tilberthwaite - Wetherlam, Swirl How, Grey Friar, Great Carrsphilz00817/05/2022
With MarkS.DaveT27/04/2022
Walna Scar CP - Coniston Old Man - Brim Fell - Little How Crags - Great How - Swirl How - Great Carrs - (Fairfield camp) - Grey Friarhannah&steven14/04/2022
With JGCW23/03/2022
R K Winter conds Richard Tait25/02/2022
Birkett 3 with PeteDave Geere30/01/2022
R K Temp inversion Richard Tait19/12/2021
Solo.From Far End, Coniston to Walna Scar track. Dow Crag via S Rake (damp, crumbly and unpleasant - satisfying) then Old Man, Brim How, Swirl How, Great Carrs and Grey Friar, Swirl How, Prison Band, Levers Water. Dry, mostly warm sun, with cold wind on Swirl How/G Carrs. Old Man busy but prob best view in the Lakes. 7.5 hrs inc long stopsniallp20/09/2021
Really hot sunny day. Climbed with Pete. Up Wetside, to Gill Pike (and got stung by a wasp), up to Gray Friar, then Swirl How, then Wetherham and Great Carrs. Long day.River-Girl08/09/2021
From Wetherlam. With BDanmawr05/09/2021
Circular walk to take in the 7 wainwrights. With the kids.thecoopers03/09/2021
From Coniston. Six SIMMS: Wetherlam > Black Sails > Swirl How > Grey Friar > Old Man of Coniston > Dow Crag. Back by the Walna Scar Road. Perfect weather. Fantastic views all round.Peter_W_Mitchell 01/07/2021
Linear walk from Coniston to Chapel Stile with Andrew in June 2021, including Wetherlam, Swirl How, Grey Friars and Great Carrs.jackfowler19/06/2021
2nd of the day on a round of the Coniston fells. Walked from Wetherlam via Prison Bandand on to Great Carrs. With Emma, Jill, Gill, Nina & BettyESkelton18/06/2021
20.7 miles 5935ft walk. Start at Great Langdale NT campsite followed path to Red Tarn cross Wryrose Pass to Great Carrs, Grey Friar, Swirl How, Black Sails, Wetherlam, Brim Fell, Dow Crag and The Old Man of Coniston back past Blea Tarn to Great Langdale.stephenbuda19/05/2021
With LF and Tony. Started at 09.15 from Three Shires Stone. Steep path up to Wet Side Edge. Short diversion to Hell Gill Pike then Little Carrs, Great Carrs, Swirl How, Great How Crags, Little How Crags, and Grey Friar. Back to memorial and retraced our route; car 14.2.30. Approx 6 miles with 2,150 feet of ascent. Dull with intermittent rain (heavier later); cloudy summits.Skip15/05/2021
Second round of Wainwrights with LF and Tony. From Three Shires Stone up to Wet Side Edge then Hell Gill Pike, Little Carrs, Great Carrs, Swirl How, Great How Crags, Little How Crags, and Grey Friar. Back to memorial then retraced our route car. Approx 6 miles with 2,150 feet of ascent. Rain on and off; cloudy summits.Skip215/05/2021
walked with Dave W, Marc & Hannah.jonsutterby7102/05/2021