Monday 29th June 2009

 

It was a very hot start to today's walk and it was a relief to get onto the fells in order to benefit from the cooler air. The route however had been planned so as that we could visit Angus, whose ashes have been scattered just below the summit of the Old Man and also do one of my favourite ridge walks.   

 

Start: Walna Scar Road (SD 2399 9683)

 

Route: Walna Scar Road - Brown Pike - Buck Pike - Dow Crag - Coniston Old Man (CT) - Brim Fell - Great How -  

            Swirl How - Grey Friar (283) - Seathwaite Tarn - Walna Scar Road

 

Distance: 8.75 miles     Ascent: 1002 metres     Time Taken: 6 hours 30 minutes

 

Terrain: Good paths.

 

Weather: Hot but clouding over towards the end of the walk with one very light shower.

 

Pub visited: Newfield Inn, Seathwaite Ale Drunk: Ennerdale Bitter, Whitehaven Brewery   

Route Map

 

Duddon Valley

Looking down the Duddon Valley, as we start the slow and hot
 climb to the top of the Walna Scar Road.

 

Harter Fell

Harter Fell.

 

Walna Scar

Looking down on the summit of the Walna Scar Road
 with a hazy view of Black Combe.

 

Buck Pike

Buck Pike and the chance to stop climbing for a bit.

 

Brown Pike

Blind Tarn and Brown Pike.

 

Buck Pike's summit cairn

Dow Crag, from Buck Pike's summit.

 

Coniston Old Man

Coniston Old Man across Goat's Water.

 

Dow Crag

Dow Crag.

 

Coniston Old Man's trig

A fairly quiet Old Man summit, for once.

 

Black Combe

We had lunch with Angus, just below the Old Man's summit,
 looking out towards Black Combe.

 

Low Water

Low Water and Wetherlam.

 

Brim Fell

Looking across to Brim Fell, our next summit.

 

Grey Friar

From Brim Fell it was along the ridge and then across to Grey Friar.

 

Levers Water

Levers Water and Consiton Water, from Great How's summit.

 

Grey Friar's summit

One of the two summit cairns on Grey Friar, with Dow Crag
 in the background. We visited both, just to be sure.

 

Scafells

Looking across to the Scafells from the other summit cairn.

 

Seathwaite Tarn

Heading down towards Seathwaite Tarn as the sky turns
 grey and spots of rain start to fall.

 

Seathwaite Tarn

Seathwaite Tarn. We had planned on dropping below the wall but had found
 a good path off the fell and so came down sooner than expected.

 

Previous walk Chatsworth 24th June 2009<>Next walk Froggatt Edge 28th July 2009

 

 

 

 

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