Lake District: Brim Fell

13 May 2006

After driving up from London on Saturday morning for a long weekend in the Lakes, Stephen and George made the most of the remaining time with a visit to Brim Fell.

We parked at the top of the fell road out of Coniston for a useful height boost. Looking north up the mine road, the mist is definitely down on the tops.

Looking back from a short distance along the mine road, we can see Coniston Water.

George stops to inspect the growing view of Coppermines Valley

After crossing the main highway from Coniston up onto the Old Man, we continue along the mine road towards Boulder Valley.

Approaching Boulder Valley

Pudding Stone, Boulder Valley
The Pudding Stone in Boulder Valley

Coppermines Valley
Looking down into Coppermines Valley

We skirted around Levers Water, before beginning the climb into the mist towards Levers Hause.

The splendid summit cairn on the top of Brim Fell - rarely visited on its own, being more normally visited en route between The Old Man of Coniston and Swirl How.

Goats Hause
We then took a bee-line for Goats Hause, along a nice example of a public right of way which has no evidence of a path at all. As we join the route from the summit of The Old Man near to Goats Hause, we regain a path.

Goats Water from Goats Hause
From Goats Hause, looking down on Goats Water through the clouds

Goats Water
We descended from Goats Hause to Goats Water

The Cove, Torver High Common near Coniston
Shortly after the far end of Goats Water, we reach this impressive outlook - we are on the edge of the high fell country, looking out across The Cove to the moorland of Torver High Common and a segment of Coniston Water.

A panoramic shot from the same point shows the glacial depression of The Cove nicely, with the southern ridge of The Old Man of Coniston on the left, and the eastern slopes of Buck Pike and Brown Pike on the right.

We gradually descend towards the Walna Scar Road, with lovely views to the south and south-east

On the Walna Scar Road, looking backwards.

And looking down towards our start point.

A very enjoyable walk, despite the mist. The GPS recorded 9.34km with 652 metres of ascent, taking 3 hours 35 minutes (including 55 minutes stopped).



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