Dow Crag

Dow Crag

Southern Lake District

Route: Dow Crag

Area: Southern Lake District

Date of walk: 3rd December 2014

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 6.8 miles

Ascent: 2,000 feet

Weather: Mostly sun and blue skies, very cold on the tops

We drove up the Walna Scar Road as far as cars can go and parked in the car park beyond the gate. We then followed the road (a rough track) for about 2 miles before forking off to climb the ridge leading to Dow Crag

The ridge walk was superb, with extensive views over Morecambe Bay, the Duddon Estuary, the Scafells and large chunks of lakeland. There were also thrilling views down the near vertical crags on our right as the path hugged the side of the ridge. It was all quite easy going though

When we reached Dow Crag, hands were needed for the second day running in order to scramble up to the summit, which is perched on the edge of a fearsome drop

It was very cold up there so we descended quickly to Goat’s Hawse and then down to Goat’s Water. As we walked along the shore of the tarn we watched with admiration as a couple of climbers scaled the tremendous cliff face on the eastern side of Dow Crag

The path took us back to Walna Scar Road and as we made our way back to the start we reflected on what a fantastic walk it had been

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