Swirl How and Wetherlam Circular

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Swirl How and Wetherlam Circular is a 9.8 kilometer loop trail located near Ambleside, Cumbria, England that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking.

Distance: 9.8 km Elevation Gain: 829 m Route Type: Loop

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This route around Greenburn starts at the foot of Wrynose Pass at the side of Castle Howe. After the initial farm track it is trackless crossing the infant Brathay River and until joining Wet Side Edge which is followed with an easy gradient towards Little Carrs. It is not as wet as the name implies and as the photos bear out the views are extensive. Little Carrs is followed in no time at all by Great Carrs and Swirl How, before which can be found a tribute to a Canadian Airforce crew whose Halifax Bomber crashed here in 1944. After appreciating the fine Swirl How cairn at a precipitous edge overlooking Greenburn it's down Prison Band (with a few rock steps) to Swirl Hause followed by an easy climb to Wetherlam which has a rocky summit. Shelter can be found amongst the many outcrops. It is a steep and rocky descent of Wetherlam Edge which in the winter is devoid of any sunshine. To return look out for a series of grassy groves after the last rock step and follow these to reach a slanting track. Follow this but turn left near a rash of stones about two thirds along, to pick up another slanting track which passes old workings. This is followed down to reach the mine buildings at valley bottom. It is then trackless back to the Wrynose road.

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