To Swirl How and Greyfriar from the Three Shire Stones - Sun 22nd July 2007
Our walk today starts from the Three Shire Stones at the top of the Wrynose Pass where three stones originally marked the adjoining counties of Cumberland, Westmorland and Lancashire. The limestone monolith was cut in 1816 for the Furness roadmaster William Field, it was erected after his death in 1860
We head southwest climbing steeply via Wet Side Edge to gain the ridge and our first stop - Hell Gill Pike
  Hell Gill Pike with Harter Fell in the distance
A short climb south brings us to Little Carrs.

From here Great Carrs can be seen straight ahead with Swirl How further up to the left and Greyfriar to the right.

From here our plan is to skirt the flanks of Great Carrs and head southwest straight for Greyfriar after which we intend to head back across to Great Carrs and then on to Swirl How.

Brim Fell & Coniston Old Man can be seen here in cloud with Dow Crag on the right.
The summit of Greyfriar
Looking west to Eskdale over the Hardknott Pass with Harter Fell on the left and Hard Knott on the right.
We arrive at the memorial cairn on Great Carrs - In memory of the Halifax bomber crew who died when their aircraft crashed here in 1944. Parts of the undercarraige and fuselage remain here to this day.
A short distance further and we reach the summit of Great Carrs.

Looking northeast down the valley - The old Greenburn Reservoir can be seen with Little Langdale Tarn in the distance.

We leave Great Carrs and head for Swirl How - A rugged top which marks the northerly end of the ridge leading to Brim Fell and Coniston Old Man.

A short walk south along the ridge from here brings us to Great How Crags, our final top of the day.


Looking north from Swirl How

We now descend north,northwest over easy ground skirting the flanks of Swirl How, Great Carrs and Little Carrs until we pick up the trail leading us back to the Wrynose Pass.

The picture here shows the River Duddon passing through Wrynose Bottom and the road winding up to the Hardknott Pass

This was a fairly easy but most interesting and enjoyable walk of around 5 miles