|Route from street car parking in Station Road near the Sun Hotel Coniston|
|A restored Miners Shelter on Walna Scar Road|
As we proceeded along Walna Scar Road towards the turn at Brown Pike we met with a National Park Warden who was busy as he went, clearing out rainwater gullies of debris with a spade, his duty for the day. We had good dry weather and were looking forward to the climb up to the Old Man. We reached Dow Crag below and behind Old Man at 1140am, a walk in of over two hours. The first station in my log was Sue G1OHH and 11 contacts were completed including a summit to summit contact with Simon M5TNT/P on Latrigg Fell LDW-206. I was thankful for that contact as I could never contact Latrigg from my home station.
|Dow Crag LDW-047 from Old Man of Coniston on July 6th 2010|
|Coniston Old Man with Brim Fell LDW-037 behind|
We were on probably one of the best ridge walks in the district and had been since we left the Walna Scar Road at Brown Pike.
|Remains of an Halifax bomber from World War 2|
The paths were well worn until we reached Swirl Band twhere we struck out towards Grey Friar LDW-052, exactly one mile to the west and a fell which frequently gets left out of many fellwalkers itineraries. On our way over to Grey Friar the rain started and so waterproofs were donned which were to remain on our backs for the rest of the day. 11 contacts were completed from Grey Friar with Geoff G4WHA/M being first in the log from his car at work in Penrith. I also worked GW0HUS/M in Wales, location unknown. After chatting to a teacher on Grey Friar who was monitoring a group of students undertaking the Duke of Edinburgh Award some distance away towards Weatherlam, he told us the whereabouts of the 1944 wreck of an Halifax Bomber which came down in World War 2. This is close to Great Carrs LDW-045 which was our next summit, and was easy to locate.
Great Carrs LDW-045 is below Swirl How LDW-033 and indeed is higher than the better known bulk of Weatherlam LDW-058 which we hoped to visit later, should we have the strength left to climb it!
|The cairn on Great Carrs LDW-045 - Swirl Howe LDW-033 can be seen behind|
We completed the activation by making eight contacts, including one with Sue G1OHH in Lancaster who I thought may have struggled to hear me, owing to screening from Swirl Howe above me. However, we completed the contact without problem. A mere 8 minutes after leaving Great Carrs we were above it on Swirl Howe LDW-033 to complete another 9 contacts. It was now 4.00pm and so someone must have come in from work to give me that extra QSO! It was turning into a long day and the elation of the WOTA operations was keeping me (and Treacle who never seems to tire) going, however Judy was getting to the point where she had done enough and suggested taking the route back to Coniston which I had recommended to the man who was lost. I managed to persuade her to go on after some food and a drink and we topped Wetherlam LDW-058 our last summit of the day just after 5.00pm. The rain had now stopped and we found the top unusual and interesting.
|Profile of our Coniston Fells walk Dow - Old Man - Brim - Grey Friar - Great Carrs - Swirl Howe - Weatherlam|
|The Sun Hotel Coniston|
The final tally of contacts for the day was 72 on 2m FM with a Yaesu VX-170 and J pole rucksack special antenna, no wonder it had taken us so long to complete the walk - I had talked far too much, but it was indeed a pleasure to make all those contacts, yes, it is certainly easy to radiate a good signal on VHF from the Coniston Fells with basic equipment.