Swirl How

Swirl How Summit
Swirl How Summit

Walks By Keyword / Analysis: Cumbria, Lake District, Swirl How

A Few Facts About Swirl How

Wainwright and Birkett Fells -
Swirl How is ranked number 33= in height in the full Wainwright listing - number 9 in height in Wainwrights Southern Fells - and number 55 in height in the full Birkett listing. Swirl How stands at 802 metres (2,631 feet). The summit has a very large cairn at the edge of the fell top and it can be seen for miles around.

Whats In A Name -
The origin of the name Swirl How is obscure. A Norwegian dialect word svirle meaning to swirl or whirl around suggests that there may have been an Old Norse origin. How is believed to derive from the Old Norse word haugr meaning hill or mound.

Ridge Routes In Every Direction -
Befitting the high point of the range Swirl How sends out ridges to the four points of the compass each leading to further fells. Consequently it also feeds the headwaters of four valleys. One of the best ascents to Swirl How is the eastern arm of Swirl How which leads up from the depression of Swirl Hawse and the stony slope of Prison Band.
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Hill / Mountain Class(s)
Birkett, English Nuttall, Fellranger, Hewitt, HuMP, Nuttall, Sim, Southern Fell, Synge, Wainwright

Hill / Mountain Details