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Swirl How, Coniston

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Swirl How is a fell in the English Lake District. It stands between Coniston and the Duddon Valley in the southern part of the District.The Coniston (or Furness) Fells form the watershed between Coniston Water and the Duddon valley to the west. The range begins at Wrynose Pass and runs south for around 10 miles before petering out at Broughton in Furness on the Duddon Estuary. Alfred Wainwright in his influential Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells took only the northern half of the range as Lakeland proper, consigning the lower fells to the south to a supplementary work The Outlying Fells of Lakeland. Swirl How being a significant high point of the Coniston Fells therefore qualifies as one of the 214 Wainwrights. Later guidebook writers have chosen to include the whole range in their main volumes.Doubt over heightThere is some doubt in the literature over the altitude of Swirl How. This takes on a greater significance since if it is the high point of the Coniston Fells, it is only so by a small margin. Its near neighbour, The Old Man of Coniston is within a few feet of parity. The Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 series has no spot height for Swirl How, although it is included on the 1:50,000 and the height is stated as 802m. Birkett and Wainwright also quote 2,630 ft (802 m) whilst Richards and the British Mountaineering Council 1:40,000 map quote 2,637 ft. (804 m)
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  • This climb quickly became one of our favourite parts of the lakes. The views from the top are brilliant and there‚Äôs a choice of routes onwards if you want to lengthen your walk and much quieter than o...  more »
  • A great climb, worth the effort to get to the top. Part of our route to The Old Man... highly recommended!  more »
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  • plenty walking paths to the top,nice view from top, could be used as start point to walk to the coniston old man. pleasant walk.
  • Excellent. Climb via the prison band
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