: The Coniston Outliers
31st July 2009
a video of your daughter’s wedding is not the best way
to prepare for a strenuous BOOTboys
outing. The discs arrived yesterday so, last night,
Margaret and I settled down to watch all three hours,
two bottles of wine and a big pile of cheese and biscuits
& Mrs Massara
Stan, Don & Bryan
by my great nephew George, he did a great job in capturing
the joy and fun of the event. However, as I crept off to
bed in the small hours, I realised that my performance
today might be a little impaired. I was
gambling that Stan would be similarly handicapped, entertaining
his Spanish in-laws and, fortunately, so it proved.
we are banned from tackling any new Wainwrights until
Tony is recovered, it was a bit of a problem to come
up with a route that was interestingly different. But
Stan rose to the challenge and produced a cracker, the
idea being to complete the Coniston Outliers- not featured
in the seven guide books although Walna Scar and Caw
have chapters in his Outlying Fells, which I failed
to consult until afterwards!
parked at the Walna Scar Road car park- always a good
move as it saves about 500 feet of climbing from Coniston-
and headed west along the “road”. So far, it was
quite a bright day after all the wet ones recently.
Walna Scar Road with Brown Pike, Buck Pike and Dow
is Stan doing?
passed a small slate shelter.
asked Stan to go and stand by it in order
to give it perspective.
he went inside.
am not sure what he was doing.
the photo (click for an enlargement) and
decide for yourself!
reaching the col, there was a surprise view
over to Harter Fell and beyond to the Scafells.
Walna Scar Road col
route now lay up to the left over Walna Scar. In our
enthusiasm, we bypassed White Maiden- just why, I can’t
know understand; it would have been better to have included
it but we didn’t- we headed straight for White Pike.
Pike (I think!!)
descent to the southeast was very steep and rocky and
then we crossed the bog in order to approach Caw- our
main objective and the southwesternmost outlier of
the Coniston Fells. This is a hill of false summits.
Stan and I took different routes. I thought
that the true summit with the trig point was behind
what appeared to be the highest point so I took a sneaky
line off to the right. Stan approached the top
diretissimo up a nasty scramble only to find that it
wasn’t the true top and that I was to be seen just below
at the trig point relaxing!
reason I was just below and not actually at the trig
point was that there was a gale blowing on the top.
After Stan arrived, I used the trig point as a
mount for the team photo but the wind kept blowing the
camera over- it took several attempts before I had a
picture other than sky or concrete!
Estuary from Caw
The Duddon Estuary
could be seen away to the south with the tide well out.
returned northeast but this time traversing the hill
to the old quarry where we took lunch on a spoil heap.
Mine buildings with Scafells behind
twenty minutes later, the temperature dropped markedly
and it was too cold to linger. We headed up the
west side of the Walna Scar Road, laden by lunch laviscolating
in our stomachs- one reason why we don’t normally like
to eat until the climbing is out of the way,
Pike (in foreground), Buck Pike and Dow Crag
the col, this time we headed north up to Brown Pike
and then on to Buck Pike.
Pike from Brown Pike
Crag from Buck Pike
wind was strengthening and I was slightly anxious about
the top of Dow Crag. I remembered from my last
that there is one short section which overlooks a 900
foot drop down to Goat’s Water and, wimp that I am,
I was wondering if the wind might be strong enough to
cause an impromptu fast descent. Also, the sky was darkening
and rain was threatening.
reaching the ledge, I found it was larger than I remembered
and, to prove to myself that it was not a problem, I
paused there and took a four-in-a-square panorama shot
of Coniston Old Man and Goat’s Water.
feet down to Goat's Water, Coniston Old Man behind
the photo does not really demonstrate the drama of the
location and the sheerness of the drop. You get
a better idea in the photo taken from the top of Goat’s
Crag from Goat's Hawse
Crag’s cliffs are amongst the most impressive in the
Lake District. Stan spotted some climbers and
told me that in his younger days he had climbed the
day long we had maintained a fast pace and this continued
down to Goat’s Water and beyond to Walna Scar Road.
path from Goat's Water
pounding on the rock steps started to take its toll
on my left knee and, by the time I reached the car,
I was the most hobbly I have been for a long time on
a BB outing.
I out of condition or is age catching up
with me, I pondered?
looked as if the rain was about to set in
as we drove off.
was a pleasant drive home.
now for another round of wedding footage.
the corkscrew, please.
31st July 2009
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