BB0619 Old Man Succumbs!

12th July 2006

I confess, I tried to get out of going up Coniston Old Man today.  The MWIS weather forecast put me off with tales of drizzle and high winds.  But inevitably Bryan (and Stan, Tony and Philip for that matter) weren't for turning so off we went to the Walna Scar Road car park.

There I had a panic.  I could not find my lunch.  Tony had a panic, fearing he would have to share one of his precious butties with me.  Stan however saw it as an opportunity- he was happy to share his butties as long as I carried his rucksack.  Anyway it was a needless panic- I found my lunch in the boot of the car.

It was a bit breezy but fine as we set off up the Walna Scar Road.  The tops were in mist but no sign of rain.  Turning off the road (what a trial it must have been for the poor old pack horses, it is so steep in places) we entered the mist and soon reached a peak.  However Bryan disappointed me by saying that it was Brown Pike, not Dow Crag.  "You'll know Dow Crag when you're there" he advised, ominously, more than once!  Due to the mist we couldn't see Blind Tarn though we could see that there were some very steep drops worryingly near to the path.  And it got worse as we reached the scramble to the rocky top of Dow Crag.

Tony was amazed when Bryan gave him permission to eat.  It was only 12:05 - none of the usual torture we put him through.  As we lunched just out of the wind but still in mist (and Philip read his newspaper) there was a steady trail of people going by who elected not to take in the summit.  I just wonder how worried I might have been had we been able to see where the drops went to!

After lunch we descended to Goat's Hause and then climbed up towards the Old Man.  Bryan decided to put on a cracking pace and for a moment I thought I was going to get dropped.  However I dug in and got back on his heels.  What silly old men we are!

On reaching the shoulder, the mist lifted and there were find views of Coniston and Windermere.  And then it came in again and the summit disappeared, hence the rather indistinct team photo!

Coniston disappearing!

Team  picture, Coniston Old Man

Our initial descent was by the tourist route but then we cut off right and found a fairly direct but simple descent by the quarry and back to the car.

Philip was anxious to be home by 4 but even more anxious to buy us all a drink in the Sun Inn, which was very pleasant.  However when the road near Skelwith Bridge was blocked by a large mobile home having a duel with a much larger lorry on a tight and narrow bend, the time spent drinking no longer seem such a good idea.  Still the lorry eventually got through and there were no other obstacles on the way back so the drink had been a good idea after all!  And when we got home, the drizzle set in!

Compared with some of our recent outings this was rather modest.  However my legs felt as if they had been on a real test- it must have been the pace at which we stormed up from Goat's Hause!



5.9 miles

Height climbed:
2,589 feet

Map reference:
See Map

Dow Crag and Coniston Old Man.


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