Dow Crag with Brendan and Tom

Name of walk Dow Crag with Brendan and Tom
Date of walk 2009-07-26
Distance walked (miles) 8
Duration of walk 5 hours 0 minutes
Weather Sunshine and blue skies
Peaks on walk Brown Pike, Buck Pike, Dow Crag
Walked with Brendan and Tom
Parking Roadside Torver.
Yesterday was going to be the one good day to be had over the next week and the boys needed some exercise, so we left home at gone 1pm for Torver, to walk up Dow Crag (2555ft) via Brown Pike (2237ft) and Buck Pike (2430ft). I thought it would be a good walk for them as it is a long, gentle walk of about an hour even before you reach the first fell and then you approach Brown Pike via a winding path that goes around the back. Nothing too steep. On the left is Brown Pike, Buck Pike in shade, then Dow Crag. Coniston Old Man is on the right. The return would be via Goat`s Water.
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Banishead Quarry.

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Looking back the way we came from where we joined the Walna Scar Road.

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The boys.

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Heading up the Walna Scar Road to the Brown Pike turn off, Coniston Water behind.

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Tom trying out the shelter.

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Summit of Brown Pike with Buck Pike behind..

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Looking back down to the Walna Scar Road which heads down into Dunnerdale. The three hills on the other side are Walna Scar, White Maiden and caw.

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Harter Fell on the left the Scafells on the right.

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Looking down to Coniston Water..

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Buck Pike and Coniston Old Man..

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Looking back to Brown Pike with Blind Tarn below.

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Looking to home, Walney Island.

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Close up of the North End of Walney Island on the left of the channel.

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Buck Pike summit with Dow Crag summit next to Tom`s head.

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Many climbers about using the various gullies of Dow crag.

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Looking down a gully at Goats Water far below.

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Tom on route to the rocky summit, a group of climbers have beaten us to it!

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We share the summit with the climbers. Brendan challenges them to a silly hat contest and wins!

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The Isle of Man is very clear today..

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The Scafells loom large too!

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The steep track down to Goats Water.

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Looking up at the Dow Crag gullies. There were quite a few climbers just visible to the naked eye.

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Close up of a couple.

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Passing back through the slate heaps.

We got back to the car about 7.15pm and had a drink in the Church Inn. Then when we got back to Walney we had a meal at The Ferry. No cooking that`s what I call a good afternoon out! The walk was about seven and a half miles and took just over five hours.
Jo.

 

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