Walk : Dow Crag (2,555 ft) from the Walna Scar car park

Date : 27th May 2021

Weather : Sunny, dry @ 17C


Distance : 6.5 miles round trip

Time Taken : 2 hour to summit


Which part of Lakeland is this walk situated


Terrain Overview




An absolutely wonderful walk, with amazing views from Goats Water and beyond. A well defined path to follow which has in recent years been

stepped to assist with the steeper parts of the climb. A very compact summit that if weather conditions permit provides a wonderful place to just

sit for a while and enjoy the amazing views



The start point for this walk is the Walna Scar car park which at the time of writing this was 8 for nine hours. Given that this is a very popular

area for walkers space can at sometimes be at a premium.



Starting off down the Walna Scar track from the southern end of the car park



Looking up to Coniston Old Man from the track



The track meanders gently around Little Arrow Moor



There are 2 areas along this track where a little rock handling is required but nothing to strenuous



Further down the track and worth noting the path veering off to the right. It is at this point to turn and head towards Goats Water



Heading up the track towards Goats Water



A big cairn .. as well as a massive pile of stones



The second scrambly bit



Looking back along the track



Fairly soon after the second scrambly bit the imposing north face of Dow Crag comes into view



Goats Water from the track which drops down to the water edge. There are some fairly big boulders along the way that need to be negotiated

and if you are walking with a dog you may possibly need to pick them up over these parts nothing too difficult though



The five buttresses that make up the north face of Dow Crag



At the western end of Goats Water there is a 400 foot climb to reach the ridge line between Coniston Old Man and Dow Crag. At the top

make a left turn



Thankfully the path is stepped to assist the climb. This is the steepest part of the walk



Looking back down to Goats Water from the path



Looking up to the North Tower which is the summit of Dow Crag



At the top of the path now and the dramatic views start to unfold. Here the Scafells



From the top of the ridge turn left and follow the well defined path which is cairned. The loose scree can be avoided by keeping to the grass

on either side



On the summit approach



At various points the path to the summit skirts the steep drop of the North Gully



Team shot on the summit of Dow Crag. Click here for a 360 degree view https://youtu.be/YTsStTL6QaQ



Despite providing a humungously large dinner for the Spud Meister he is always on the look out for more



Coniston Water from the summit



The massively popular summit of Coniston Old Man Just how Wainwright sketched it in Book Four in 1960



The ridge line of Brim Fell, Swirl How, Great Carrs



Looking west towards Harter Fell from the summit



Close up on the Scafell Massif. We stayed on the summit for over an hour taking in the marvellous views. A highly recommended walk



We eventually returned back down and was lucky enough to bump into Dave, Angie and Fudge The Masarnen Ramblers at the Sun Inn



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