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Great Carrs
785m (2576ft)

The Southern Fells, The Lake District, Cumbria, England


Record Great Carrs as Bagged, Climbed & Conquered


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Wainwright
(No. 43)

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English Nuttall
61st highest in England,
110th in England & Wales

Walk Great Carrs walking UK Mountains in The Southern Fells The Lake District National Park Cumbria, England

Great Carrs Summit

Photo: Karen Todd

You can find Great Carrs & all the walks that climb it on these unique free-to-access Interactive Walk Planning Maps: (click/TAP to select)

The Lake District National Park


1:25,000 scale OS Explorer Map (the ones with orange/yellow covers):

OL6 The English Lakes - South Western area


1:50,000 scale OS Landranger Maps (the ones with pink/magenta covers):

89 West Cumbria, Cockermouth & Wast Water


90 Penrith & Keswick, Ambleside


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You can walk to the top of Great Carrs by using any of these 4 easy‑to‑follow route maps:
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Walk c303 Swirl How and Wetherlam from Little Langdale

A quieter alternative to the Coniston crowds.

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 8ml (12km)
Ascent:3,042ft (927m)
Time:5.75hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 6 Icon (Moderate)
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Walk c167 Wetherlam and Swirl How from Low Tilberthwaite

A quiet alternative to the usual honey pots

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 8.75ml (14km)
Ascent:3,584ft (1,092m)
Time:6.75hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 7 Icon (Hard)
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Walk c179 The Seathwaite Round from Seathwaite, Duddon Valley

Quiet and lonely (except for the Old Man!)

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 9.5ml (15km)
Ascent:3,523ft (1,074m)
Time:7 hrs
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Walk c420 The Coniston Fells from Walna Scar Road, Coniston

Superb high level route

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 12.75ml (20.5km)
Ascent:4,191ft (1,277m)
Time:8.75hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 8 Icon (Hard)

Other walkers who hiked, climbed, bagged and summited Great Carrs Fellow go4awalkers who have already walked, climbed, summited & bagged Great Carrs

Neil Heywood walked up Great Carrs on September 6th, 2014 [from/via/route] Torver [with] Logan Heywood

Christine Shepherd climbed Great Carrs on July 31st, 2007 [from/via/route] Using walk c420 from Coniston [with] On my own [weather] Sunny & clear - Bagged this again on a much colder day with my daughter Rebecca on 31.3.08 & on my own again on a sunny Autumn day on 1.10.11. Did the Coniston Seven again on 4.8.23 in wonderful walking weather.

James Hughes bagged Great Carrs on March 27th, 2023 [from/via/route] Walna Scar Road, Brown Pike, Dow Crag, Old Man Coniston, Brim Fell, Swirl How, Great Carrs, Grey Friar [with] Solo [weather] Clear, sun beginning to have some warmth, but cold on tops. Very boggy descent. - Awesome, if not brutal climb. Completed within 5 hoursish. Pint of Keswick Gold Bitter at Newfield Inn.

John Tippins hiked Great Carrs on October 23rd, 2022 [from/via/route] From Seathwaite (c179) [with] Alone [weather] Very low cloud, continual rain & strong winds almost all day.

Richard Marchant summited Great Carrs on September 15th, 2022 [from/via/route] Parked at Wrynose Pass & walked straight up to Great Carrs over Little Carrs & then on to Grey Friar & back the same route. [with] On my Own [weather] Clear day with little or no breeze.

Ian Ashton conquered Great Carrs on July 9th, 2022 [from/via/route] Part of seathwaite Round [with] SOLO

Geoff Hand scaled Great Carrs on April 20th, 2022 [from/via/route] Walk c179 The Seathwaite Round Pt2 Brim Fell, Swirl How, Great Carrs & Grey Friar [with] Alone with Tess [weather] Another glorious sunny & warm day (ridiculous for this time of year!) - Second part of 2 goes at this walk. upto Seathwaite tarn, on to Goat's Hawse then on to Brim Fell, Swirl How, Great Carrs & Grey Friar. Great day out.

Kevin Foster walked up Great Carrs on September 6th, 2021 [from/via/route] Low Tilberthwaite. [with] By myself. [weather] Cloudy. Summits mostly covered. Good visibility on lower slopes. - An interesting route onto Wetherlam via Steel Edge. The one Wainwright doesn't mention in his books for some reason? Don't know why because it's a cracking way up. Sadly on Prison Band the cloud level was reached & the rest of the walk was view less. Of interest on route was the war memorial & Halifax bomber crash site between Swirl How & Great Carrs. The views opened up again on the descent of wet side edge & the clouds & sunshine poking through made for some great photos. I climbed Great Carrs a few days later (17th) in glorious sunshine. Good visibility & amazing views in contrast to the previous week's visit.

Pete George climbed Great Carrs on July 17th, 2021 [with] Roco [weather] Sunny & Hot

Andrew Flynn bagged Great Carrs on August 10th, 2021 [from/via/route] Coniston. Walk number 19. The Coniston Fells [with] Nicola [weather] Sunny

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More Photographs & Pictures of views from, on or of Great Carrs

Coniston Water from the summit of Great Carrs

Coniston Water from the summit of Great Carrs

Photo: Ian Gaylard (17)

The S for Sugar Aircraft Crash Memorial between Swirl How, Great Carrs and Grey Friar

The S for Sugar Aircraft Crash Memorial between Swirl How, Great Carrs and Grey Friar

Photo: David Hayter (178)

*Loft Crag (foreground far left), Lingmoor, Blea Tarn, Pike of Blisco (Pike o' Blisco), Cold Pike and Crinkle Crags (featuring Crinkle Crags (South Top), Crinkle Crags (Long Top) and Gunson Knott) (mid-distance left to right) and Wetherlam, Great Carrs and Grey Friar (far-distance centre to right)  from the summit of Pike of Stickle (Langdale Pikes)

*Loft Crag (foreground far left), Lingmoor, Blea Tarn, Pike of Blisco (Pike o' Blisco), Cold Pike and Crinkle Crags (featuring Crinkle Crags (South Top), Crinkle Crags (Long Top) and Gunson Knott) (mid-distance left to right) and Wetherlam, Great Carrs and Grey Friar (far-distance centre to right) from the summit of Pike of Stickle (Langdale Pikes)

Photo: Tim Hope (42)

The Greenburn Valley from Great Carrs

The Greenburn Valley from Great Carrs

Photo: Stephen Dawson (16)

Grey Friar, Great Carrs from the slopes of Harter Fell (Eskdale)

Grey Friar, Great Carrs from the slopes of Harter Fell (Eskdale)

Photo: Martin Potter (2)

Snow on Black Sails summit cairn with Great Carrs (centre left) and Scafell Pike (far right) in the background

Snow on Black Sails summit cairn with Great Carrs (centre left) and Scafell Pike (far right) in the background

Photo: David Elliott (1)

The WW2 Halifax Bomber Memorial on Great Carrs

The WW2 Halifax Bomber Memorial on Great Carrs

Photo: Chris Leonard (15)

Red Tarn (Langdale) with Great Carrs and Swirl How in the distance from Pike of Blisco (Pike o' Blisco)

Red Tarn (Langdale) with Great Carrs and Swirl How in the distance from Pike of Blisco (Pike o' Blisco)

Photo: Tim Hope (105)

Grey Friar from Great Carrs

Grey Friar from Great Carrs

Photo: James Brennan (3)

The Scafell Range from Great Carrs

The Scafell Range from Great Carrs

Photo: David Hayter (170)

The Scafell Massif from Great Carrs

The Scafell Massif from Great Carrs

Photo: Stephen Dawson (22)

The WW2 Halifax Bomber Memorial on Great Carrs

The WW2 Halifax Bomber Memorial on Great Carrs

Photo: Chris Leonard (14)

Swirl How, Top of Broad Slack and Great Carrs from Little Carrs

Swirl How, Top of Broad Slack and Great Carrs from Little Carrs

Photo: Karen Todd (4)

Swirl How from Great Carrs

Swirl How from Great Carrs

Photo: Karen Todd (3)

Skiddaw from Great Carrs

Skiddaw from Great Carrs

Photo: Stephen Dawson (19)

Matterhorn Rock on Grey Friar

Matterhorn Rock on Grey Friar

Photo: David Hayter (174)

Great Carrs from Little Carrs

Great Carrs from Little Carrs

Photo: Ian Gaylard (20)

Greenburn Valley and Little Langdale from Great Carrs

Greenburn Valley and Little Langdale from Great Carrs

Photo: David Hayter (173)

Great Carrs from Swirl How

Great Carrs from Swirl How

Photo: Stephen Dawson (14)

The WW2 Halifax Bomber Memorial on Great Carrs

The WW2 Halifax Bomber Memorial on Great Carrs

Photo: Chris Leonard (16)


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