Dow Crag Skyline - Lake District Walk

Thursday 15th May 2008

John wanted a day off walking but was happy to drop me off at the top of Wrynose Pass so as that I could do a linear walk that I have wanted to do for a long time now but never really expected to get the chance to do. Starting at Wrynose Pass I was planning on walking along the Great Carrs Ridge, onto the Old Man and then across to Dow Crag to follow the ridge to the Walna Scar Road and then, if time permitted, to carry onto White Pike before dropping down the Walna Scar Road to Long House.

Start: Three Shires Stone (NY 2772 0274)

Route: Three Shires Stone - Wet Side Edge - Hell Gill Pike (241) - Little Carrs - Great Carrs (242) - Swirl How - Great How - Brim Fell - Coniston Old Man (CT) - Dow Crag - Buck Pike - Brown Pike - Walna Scar - White Maiden (243) - White Pike (244) - Walna Scar Road - Long House

Distance: 8 miles     Ascent: 851 metres      Time Taken: 6 hours 15 mins

Terrain: Good paths.

Weather: Generally warm but a cold breeze on the summits.

Pub Visited: Newfield Inn, Seathwaite    Ale Drunk: Jennings Cumberland

Route Map >>


Path Fairies

The Path Fairies working on the path to Wet Side Edge.

Pike O'Blisco

Looking across to the Pike O'Blisco as I make my way up the path.

Wrynose Bottom

Looking along Wrynose Bottom to Harter Fell and Hard Knott.

Little Stand & Cold Pike

Once I reached Wet Side Edge the views were quite extensive, here looking across Wrynose Bottom to Little Stand and Cold Pike.

Hell Gill Pike

The first summit of the day, Hell Gill Pike.


Looking across to Wetherlam as I walk past Little Carrs summit and ignore it.

Swirl How

Looking along the ridge to Swirl How from Great Carrs summit. The Old Man and Dow Crag look a long way away from here.

Great Carrs Memorial

The memorial on Broad Slack to the crew of the Halifax Bomber that crashed here on October 22nd 1944. The temptation to include Grey Friar in the walk was hard to resist but knowing how far I had to go I decided to leave it for another day.

Great Carrs

Looking back to Great Carrs from Swirl How.

Prison Band

It was whilst I was looking down Prison Band to Wetherlam that I realised that I had done it several years ago when I was starting to walk in the Lakes. All I remember is that it was a bitterly cold October day with a strong wind on the summit and that I opted to take the path down to Levers Water rather than continue to Wetherlam due to the fading light. I had run out of time as I'd had discovered, when I was at Swirl How, that I had left my GPS on the path at Levers Hause so I'd had to go back for it.

Great How's summit

Great How's summit.

Levers Water

Levers Water and Coniston Water from Swirl How.

Brim Fell

Looking across Levers Hause to Brim Fell with the Old Man behind.

Seathwaite Tarn

Seathwaite Tarn looks like it has a considerable amount of water missing.

Swirl How and Great Carrs

Looking back along my route, so far, from Brim Fell's summit.

Brim Fell's cairn

Brim Fell's summit cairn. It was from here that I noticed a sudden increase in the number of people on the fells. Previously I had only met six people, now it felt like they were coming from all directions.

Coniston Old Man

Looking towards the Old Man's summit from Brim Fell.

Coniston Old Man

Looking down on the more popular tourist route to the Old Man's summit.

Coniston Old Man's cairn

There were free drinks being given away on the summit today as part of a promotion of Fair Trade which is why the Old Man's summit cairn is decorated with flags.

Coniston's trig

Brim Fell from the Old Man's summit.

Low Water

Low Water and Wetherlam from Coniston Old Man's s summit.

Goat's Water

Goat's Water from Goat's Hause.

Coniston Old Man

Looking across to Coniston Old Man's summit from the summit of Dow Crag.

Buck Pike

Looking along the ridge to Buck Pike from Dow Crag. I was to meet no-one as I walked along here, a little different to the summit of the Old Man.

Brown Pike

Brown Pike and Blind Tarn from Buck Pike's summit.

Buck Pike

Buck Pike from Brown Pike's summit.

Walna Scar's summit

Looking back to Brown Pike from Walna Scar's summit.

White Maiden's summit

White Maiden's summit cairn with Coniston Old Man to the right and Buck Pike and Dow Crag to the left.

Walna Scar

Looking back to Walna Scar and Dow Crag from White Maiden.

White Maiden

White Maiden , the summit is at the top of the wall.

White Pike's summit

The final summit of the day, White Pike.


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