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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. It rivals the Old Man of Coniston as the highest point within the traditional County Palatine of Lancashire (it has been administered since 1974 by Cumbria County Council for local government purposes).

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.
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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’s a choice of routes onwards if you want to lengthen your walk and much quieter than....  more
    This climb quickly became one of our favourite parts of the lakes. The views from the top are brilliant and there’s a choice of routes onwards if you want to lengthen your walk and much quieter than....  more »
  • A great climb, worth the effort to get to the top. Part of our route to The Old Man... highly recommended! 
    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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  • Quiet top with excellent views, worth the hike from Coniston Old Man. The path to the hause is quite difficult underfoot
  • A nice scenic hill that is straightforward to get to from the Old Man, and it was a slightly climb up but otherwise I would recommend it, but be careful when climbing back down as it is quite easy to go off track. However there is a footpath that takes you back to Coniston so navigation won't be an issue.

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