Coniston Old Man to Dow Crag

Name of walk Coniston Old Man to Dow Crag
Date of walk 2008-02-11
Distance walked (miles) 8
Duration of walk 6 hours 0 minutes
Weather Blue skies and sunshine
Peaks on walk Coniston Old Man, Dow Crag, Brown Pike, Buck Pike
Walked with Janet Kendall, Poppy and Miffy the dogs
Parking Roadside Torver.

Finally we reach half-term and get a glorious day. Janet and I, plus Poppy and Miffy the dogs, went to Torver and trekked up to Coniston Old Man (2633ft) by the Boo Tarn route that goes via Bursting Stone Quarry and the south ridge, then over to Dow Crag (2555ft) and back to the Walna Scar Road via Brown Pike (2237ft) and Buck Pike (2430ft). About eight or nine miles. Janet had inherited Miffy, a tiny, elderly Yorkshire Terrier from her late mother, this was to be her first summit. The poor thing ended up doing four!

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Mist over Coniston Water from the route from Torver to the Walna Scar Road.

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Brown Pike, Buck Pike, Dow Crag and then Coniston Old Man on the right. Our starting-up point was to be just off the right of the photo.

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Torver Beck with the slate piles behind. Poppy goes paddling.

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Banishead Quarry.

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View to Coniston Village from the Quarry Road.

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Wetherlam.

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Bursting Stone Quarry.

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The south ridge route was a mixture of rock and grass with no paths, so we had to look for the best route and go for it....it was steep! Good views over to Dow Crag from near the summit.

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Mist settling in the valleys.

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View from the summit out to the Scafells, some snow has survived.

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View down to Low Water and Levers Water.

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Miffy on her first summit!

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Coppermines Valley.

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The route up Dow Crag. In the distance the Isle of man looks like it is peeking out of the clouds!

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Harter Fell.

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Goats Hause looking down at Goats Tarn. Dow Crag is looming on the right.

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Looking down on Goats Tarn from Dow Crag.

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Dow Crag`s summit..

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Looking at the path that leads to Buck Pike.

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View to Walna Scar.

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Another gully view to Goats Tarn.

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Brown Pike and Blind Tarn.

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Looking back from Brown Pike summit towards the Scafells.

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Looking back to Dow Crag and across to the Old Man.

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Shelter on the Walna Scar Road

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Cove Bridge..

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Coniston Old Man and to the right Wetherlam.

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Ducks on Coniston Water.

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Getting close to sunset.

The walk took about six hours. It was very warm for February, although cold on the summit of the Old Man.

I think Miffy will sleep well tonight, I know I will!

 

 

Jo.

 

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