Monday, 31 October 2016

Coppermines Valley - 29 October

A long, 13 mile loop from Duddon Valley over Dow Crag to Swirl How and down into Coppermines Valley before returning to Duddon along Walna Scar Road. Had we known just how much the weather would differ from the forecast I suspect we might have preferred something else.

Very low thick clouds and persistent rain were our companions for almost the whole day. The twenty minutes or so above Coppermines Valley when the clouds were lifting was such a contrast with the rest of the day we could barely believe it was happening. The purpose was to visit some specific peaks - Buck Pike (below Dow Crag), Little How Crags (between Brim Fell and Swirl How), Erin Crag and Kennel Crag (both on a ridge above Coppermines Valley) - and this we did. The rain ceased, more or less, in the late afternoon and the final stretch along Walna Scar Road was under a heavy but dry sky.

Setting Out on Walna Scar Road

One of the gullys near Dow Crag summit

Levers Water

Coppermines Valley

Levers Water

Levers Water

Levers Water

Coppermines Valley

Coppermines Valley

Coppermines Valley

Coppermines Valley

Coppermines Valley

Coppermines Valley

Finishing on Walna Scar Road

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