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A Few Facts About Grey Friar
Location - Grey Friar is a fell in the Southern Fells of the Lake District. It is one of the Coniston Fells and is situated 8 miles west-south-west of Ambleside. It stands to the north west of the other Coniston Fells, a little off the beaten track and tends to be the least visited of the group. It is quite a large fell and forms the eastern wall of the Duddon Valley for several miles, in fact all drainage from Grey Friar goes to the Duddon Valley and not to Coniston Water.
Mining In The Area - The fell has been mined for copper extensively in the past. The Seathwaite mine was situated on the southern slopes above Seathwaite Tarn while the Cockley Beck mine stood on the fell's lower north western slopes. They operated in the mid-19th century and were nowhere near as profitable or extensive as the main Coniston copper mines in the so called “Coppermines Valley”.
Summit - Grey Friar reaches a height of 773 metres (2,536 feet). 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. 200 metres north west of the main summit is a distinctive pointed rock, often called the “Matterhorn Rock”.