The elongated ridge of the Coniston Fells, fashioned in
volcanic rock with heavily-glaciated arÍtes and sombre corries, provide an
extravagant drama of ice-shorn topography that cannot fail to excite even the
most critical palate. Never falling below 2000 feet, this splendid parade is
best appreciated from the south. Coniston, a village which has somehow managed
to retain its dignity under an onslaught of brash tourism, was formerly an
ancient Norse kingís settlement. The scars of the once thriving copper industry
are still present for all to see and only the upper fells remain free of manís
scourging hand. The suggested 10-mile BLACK
(with 3756ft of ascent) 'Coniston Horizon' linear walk
from Torver visits the summits of Dow Crag (2552ft), Coniston Old Man (2633ft),
Brim Fell (2611ft), Great Carrs (2575ft), Swirl How (2630ft), Black
Sails(2443ft) and Wetherlam (2502ft).
A lower level 6-mile (with 1887ft of ascent) RED variation is also suggested which is steeped in history. An upland shelf, once home to prehistoric man, when trees flourished almost to the fell tops, is traversed past now silent quarry holes. Blind Tarn with no outlet is well worth a detour, whilst Brown Pike is easily accessible for those members who like to tick off a summit. Walna Scar Road was an old packhorse route between Coniston and the Duddon. Fine views and interesting details make this a very worthwhile route.
Although the Blawith Fells are of modest height and of limited extent, they are also quite rugged and feature numerous rocky outcrops. The suggested 8-mile (with 922ft of ascent) BROWN route from Torver to the summit of Beacon Fell together with a scenic circuit of Beacon Tarn is well worth the effort involved.