Saturday 12th December 2009

 

Start Point : Near the termination of the Walna Scar Road (SD 239 968)

                   

Distance : 6.1 miles Height Ascended : 720 metres

 

Route Map

    

The approach road to the Walna Scar Road another victim of the recent floods.

This road is actually closed to traffic – there are significant holes making access impossible.

 

Severe erosion at the beginning of the lower western end of the Walna Scar Road

 

A sunlit Harter Fell and a distant shadowed Scafell range

 

Another view of Harter Fell as height is quickly gained up the Walna Scar Road

 

The Scafells

 

Walna Scar, Caw and a distant Black Combe from just below the summit of Brown Pike

 

Buck Pike and a briefly cloud covered Old Man

 

Blind Tarn

 

Blind Tarn over The Cove - one of the few tarns without an outlet hence its name

 

Dow Crag nicely contrasted with Swirl How and Swirl Band marking the skyline

 

A wider view including The Old Man of Coniston

 

Goat's Water  and the Old Man of Coniston

 

The Old Man...........................................

 

…………………………………….and two young girls

 

Looking down Easy Gully

 

Approaching the summit of Dow Crag and a look back down the ridge and beyond to The Duddon estuary

 

Dow Crag – the summit

‘Count this amongst the most delectable and exhilarating of lakeland summits, for the sublime architecture of the great crag directly

below is manifest in the topmost rocks also, forming an airy perch on a fang of naked stone elevated high above the tremendous precipice’ (AW)

 

Dow Crag (from The Old Man of Coniston 270809)

 

Grey Friar, Great Carrs and Swirl How from the descent towards Goat's Hawse

 

From Goat's Hawse my route down to Seathwaite Tarn followed an indistinct path adjacent to and just above Far Gill

 

Harter Fell comes into view again

 

Tarn Head Beck and the view up to Top of Broad Slack

 

Grey Friar

 

Across Seathwaite Tarn………………………….

 

……………………….and again

 

Harter Fell from reservoir access road

 

From the same view point the Scafells provide an excellent backdrop

 

It is easy to forget that the Lake District has been the scene of much recent devastation when taking in scenes like these…………………………