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Grey Friar
773m (2536ft)

The Southern Fells, The Lake District, Cumbria, England


Record Grey Friar as Bagged, Climbed & Conquered


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English Mountain
58th highest in England,
100th in England & Wales

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Wainwright
(No. 53)

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72nd highest in England,
124th in England & Wales

Walk Grey Friar walking UK Mountains in The Southern Fells The Lake District National Park Cumbria    England

Grey Friar Summit

Photo: Chris Leonard

You can find Grey Friar & 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


See Grey Friar and the surrounding tops on our free-to-access 'Google Style' Peak Bagging Maps:

See Grey Friar and the surrounding tops on our downloadable PDF Peak Bagging Maps:

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You can walk to the top of Grey Friar by using either of these 2 easy-to-follow route maps:

Other walkers who hiked, climbed, bagged and summited Grey Friar Fellow go4awalkers who have already walked, climbed, summited & bagged Grey Friar

John Tippins walked up Grey Friar 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 climbed Grey Friar 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 bagged Grey Friar on July 9th, 2022 [from/via/route] Part of seathwaite Round [with] SOLO

Geoff Hand hiked Grey Friar 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 summited Grey Friar on September 16th, 2021 [from/via/route] Coniston. [with] By myself. [weather] Sunny with some high cloud cover. Perfect conditions really. - I decided to revisit Swirl How & Great Carrs after the low cloud on the previous week's visit blotted out all the views. A brief summary of the route was: Coppermines valley, Levers water, Swirl Hause, Swirl How, Great Carrs, Grey Friars, Levers Hause, Brim Fell, Old Man, Goats Hause, Dow crag, Buck Pike, Brown Pike, Walna Scar, White Maiden & return to the Walna Scar road for the long descent back into Coniston. The clear visibility really opened up the views as far as Morecambe Bay, the Isle of Man & possibly Blackpool Tower!? A superb day's walking from start to finish.

Pete George conquered Grey Friar on July 17th, 2021 [with] Roco [weather] Sunny & Hot

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

Neil Bennett walked up Grey Friar on July 23rd, 2021 [from/via/route] Climbed Great Carrs, Swirl How & Grey Friar from the Wrynose Pass. Our starting point was the Three Shires Stone, taking the path up Wet Side Edge & returning via the same route. [with] Pam Bennett, Oliver Bennett, Thomas Bennett. [weather] Hot & Sunny.

Richard Marshall climbed Grey Friar on June 4th, 2021 [from/via/route] Dow Crag [with] Dave Elsie and Roxy [weather] Cloudy/Sunny warm

Wayne Baxter bagged Grey Friar on April 25th, 2021 [from/via/route] From Wrynose pass, park near three shire stone (be early limited parking) Head to wet side edge follow cairns to Great Carrs. Pass the memorial to the Canadians pilots who crashed in the second world war & follow a well defined path to Grey Friar. You can return by bypassing Great Carr back to the parking area. [with] Sue [weather] Sunny

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More Photographs & Pictures of views from, on or of Grey Friar

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)

Grey Friar and the Seathwaite Fells over Dunnerdale from Hesk Fell

Grey Friar and the Seathwaite Fells over Dunnerdale from Hesk Fell

Photo: Andy Malcolm (176)

Seathwaite Tarn and Duddon Valley from Grey Friar

Seathwaite Tarn and Duddon Valley from Grey Friar

Photo: James Brennan (4)

Grey Friar (left), Dow Crag, Brown Pike and The Old Man of Coniston (right) from White Maiden

Grey Friar (left), Dow Crag, Brown Pike and The Old Man of Coniston (right) from White Maiden

Photo: Christine Shepherd (143)

Swirl How and The Old Man of Coniston from Grey Friar

Swirl How and The Old Man of Coniston from Grey Friar

Photo: Chris Leonard (18)

White Maiden summit cairn with Grey Friar (left), Dow Crag, Brown Pike and The Old Man of Coniston (right) in the background

White Maiden summit cairn with Grey Friar (left), Dow Crag, Brown Pike and The Old Man of Coniston (right) in the background

Photo: Christine Shepherd (144)

From left to right: Slight Side and Sca Fell, Mickledore, Scafell Pike, Ill Crag and Great End, Esk Hause, Esk Pike, Bow Fell (Bowfell), Crinkle Crags (Long Top), Cold Pike, Little Stand and finally the shoulder of Grey Friar from the summit of Hard Knott

From left to right: Slight Side and Sca Fell, Mickledore, Scafell Pike, Ill Crag and Great End, Esk Hause, Esk Pike, Bow Fell (Bowfell), Crinkle Crags (Long Top), Cold Pike, Little Stand and finally the shoulder of Grey Friar from the summit of Hard Knott

Photo: Colin Jenkins (31)

Grey Friar from Great Carrs

Grey Friar from Great Carrs

Photo: James Brennan (3)

Seathwaite Tarn from Grey Friar

Seathwaite Tarn from Grey Friar

Photo: David Hayter (175)

Great Carrs from Grey Friar

Great Carrs from Grey Friar

Photo: Stephen Dawson (12)

*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)

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)

Grey Friar from Great Carrs

Grey Friar from Great Carrs

Photo: David Hayter (171)

Matterhorn Rock on Grey Friar

Matterhorn Rock on Grey Friar

Photo: David Hayter (174)

Seathwaite Tarn from (the lower slopes of) Grey Friar

Seathwaite Tarn from (the lower slopes of) Grey Friar

Photo: Chris Leonard (20)

Duddon Valley and Harter Fell from Grey Friar

Duddon Valley and Harter Fell from Grey Friar

Photo: David Hayter (169)


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