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Coniston weekend part 2 - Dow Crag and the Old Man

Coniston weekend part 2 - Dow Crag and the Old Man


Postby Beery Hiker » Mon Jan 16, 2017 8:03 pm

Wainwrights included on this walk: Brim Fell, Coniston Old Man, Dow Crag

Hewitts included on this walk: Dow Crag, The Old Man of Coniston

Date walked: 14/01/2017

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Saturday's forecast was just as good, so we attempted to drive up to the Walna Scar car park, but we were thwarted by Black Ice and forced to reverse gingerly back to find a suitable parking place on the road. We were soon on the Walna Scar road
ImageIMG_0505 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
the lower tops of Dow Crag beckoning
ImageIMG_0507 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
ImageIMG_0508 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
The snow and morning shadows made the road look rather spectacular
ImageIMG_0512 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
We were back in the snow before leaving the road
ImageIMG_0515 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
and climbed upwards towards Brown Pike
ImageIMG_0518 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
Blind Tarn caught the eye
ImageIMG_0522 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
Looking up the ridge
ImageIMG_0527 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
and onwards over Goat's Hawse, where the wind was catching the snow
ImageIMG_0531 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
After a minor navigational error we found ourselves north of Brim Fell looking down at Levers Water
ImageIMG_0532 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
and along the ridge towards the Old Man
ImageIMG_0534 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
The clouds over Dow Crag were spectacular:
ImageIMG_0537 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
and we were soon at the highest point in old Lancashire, looking back towards the Scafells
ImageIMG_0538 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
and down to Coniston Water
ImageIMG_0539 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
Posing by the summit cairn
ImageIMG_0544 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
Somewhat reluctantly we followed the hordes down the tourist path
ImageIMG_0549 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
and we were soon at Low Water
ImageIMG_0556 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
The views east drew us on
ImageIMG_0559 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
into the early evening light
ImageIMG_0561 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
A fine two days, so we were not overly disappointed that Sunday was a washout...
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Re: Coniston weekend part 2 - Dow Crag and the Old Man

Postby trailmasher » Mon Jan 16, 2017 8:54 pm

Another good day on yet another fine set of hills 8) to mark a good weekend of walking. Well done :clap:
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Re: Coniston weekend part 2 - Dow Crag and the Old Man

Postby HalfManHalfTitanium » Tue Jan 17, 2017 8:57 am

Another great report and photos of a wonderful day on the superb Coniston Fells - thanks!!!
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Re: Coniston weekend part 2 - Dow Crag and the Old Man

Postby Beery Hiker » Tue Jan 17, 2017 9:30 am

Thanks for the comments. The Coniston fells are very familiar ground - our grandparents used to live just down the hill at Park Gate, but I had never done the contouring path from Goats Hause towards Swirl How before, and the light changes every time, so there is always something new to find...
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Re: Coniston weekend part 2 - Dow Crag and the Old Man

Postby ChrisW » Tue Jan 17, 2017 8:21 pm

Lovely shots of another cracker BH, love the shot of the road twisting away into the distance .....no mention of a pub finish though, so almost perfect :lol:
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Re: Coniston weekend part 2 - Dow Crag and the Old Man

Postby Beery Hiker » Wed Jan 18, 2017 9:54 am

The pub at the finish was the same as the previous day - the Black Bull...
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Re: Coniston weekend part 2 - Dow Crag and the Old Man

Postby dav2930 » Tue Jan 31, 2017 6:33 pm

Nice to look at those pics of sunshine and snow on such a miserable day as today. I particularly like the one of Blind Tarn with Morecambe Bay shining in the distance; great caption for it too: "Blind Tarn caught the eye" :wink:

Great choice of walk for such a day. :clap: Let's hope we get a few more days like that in what's left of the Winter!
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