Saturday 13th May 2006

The intention today was to go up to the Old Man of Coniston but the weather conspired against us. As we left the car park in Coniston the Old Man was covered in low cloud but the forecast did say that the cloud would lift during the afternoon to clear the summit by the time we expected to be there. By the time we reached Dow Crag the mist was getting thicker and the rocks were too wet for me to fancy scrambling up them to 'bag' the summit. Shortly after we decided to turn round and make the long trek back to the car park although we did make a short diversion to bag the summit of Walna Scar.

Start: Coniston car park (SD 304 976)

Route:

Coniston car park - Walna Scar Road - Brown Pike (86) - Buck Pike on Seathwaite Fell (87) - Dow Crag - Buck Pike - Brown Pike - Walna Scar (88) - Walna Scar Road - Coniston car park

Distance: 10 miles     Ascent: 929 metres      Time Taken: 6  hrs 30 mins

Weather: Very low cloud, wet and miserable

Pub Visited: Black Bull, Coniston    Ale Drunk: Coniston Brewing Company, Old Man Ale

Route Map >>

 

Foul Scrow

From the Walna Scar Road, the only hill not covered in cloud was Foul Scrow at 262 metres.

Harter Fell

As we reached the top of the Walna Scar Road the cloud lifted to briefly reveal Harter Fell.

Brown Pike summit cairn

Brown Pike summit.

Buck Pike summit cairn

Buck Pike summit, we nearly walked past it in the cloud.

Blind Tarn

As we approached Brown Pike, on the way down, the cloud cleared to give us our first view of Blind Tarn.

Coniston Water

The cloud lifted further and Coniston Water was just visible in the distance. A few  seconds later even the tarn disappeared from sight again.

Goat's Hawse

Goat's Hawse is visible from the Walna Scar Road as the cloud lifts for another brief moment  Somewhere up there is the point at which we decided to turn back.

Coniston Water

Coniston Water across Torver High Common from the Walna Scar Road.

View looking north east

As we headed down the Walna Scar Road the best view of the day showed  that elsewhere the cloud had started to lift.

Previous walk Curbar Edge Wednesday 3rd May 2006 <> Next walk Harboro Rocks Saturday 20th May 2006

 

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