Saturday, 1 July 2000

Grey Friar

Grey Friar from Brim Fell
Height: 773m (2,536ft)
Prominence: 78m (256ft)
Region: Southern Fells
Classifications: Nuttall, Hewitt, Wainwright, Birkett
Summit feature: Cairn on rock outcrop
Times climbed: 1
Related trip report: 
The Coniston Round - 17/05/2014
Grey Friar's summit and excellent view to the Scafells
What Wainwright said:

"Grey Friar, like Dow Crag, stands aloof from the main spine of the Coniston Fells, but, unlike Dow Crag, has no great single natural feature to attract attention and is consequently the least-frequented of the group. Yet it is a fine mountain with considerable bulk".

Grey Friar is one of the Coniston Fells though sits a little off the beaten track. It is a large fell and forms the eastern wall of the Duddon Valley for several kilometres.

Grey Friar has long rough slopes on this side with many small areas of crag. The southern perimeter is formed by Seathwaite Tarn. The tarn was originally a much smaller waterbody, but was raised early in the 20th century to provide drinking water for the Barrow in Furness area.

The summit of the fell is stony with two cairned rock outcrops, the south easterly is the higher while the north westerly offers the better view. There is a good view of the Scafell massif and the other Coniston fells are well seen along the ridge to the south.

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