Wednesday 16th March 2011
Walna Scar road
(SD 289 970)
Walna Scar car park - Boo Tarn -
The Old Man of Coniston - Boo Tarn - Walna Scar
Distance: 3 miles
Total Ascent: 573 metres
Time Taken: 1 hour 50 minutes
Start Time: 09:30
Weather: Mainly sunny. 8oC
The weather seemed much better than
predicted early on this morning and the views along Coniston Water as I
drove past were stunning enough to stop me in my tracks and make me turn
around to grab a few photos at Lake Bank and Brown Howe. From there I
could see The Old Man was clearing whilst further north in the Lakes
looked a bit murkier. It did eventually cloud over but I think I caught
the best of the weather today following the McMahon route to the summit.
At Lake Bank...
Misty Fairfield at the head of the lake.
Flat calm at Lake Bank.
Lake Bank jetty.
The cloud is lifting from The Old Man - that looks
like a good place to go.
Jetty view to Oak Isle.
Driving further I was stopped in my tracks once more by the calm
waters at Brown Howe.
Brock Barrow in mono.
Peel Island and High Peel Near.
A glorious view along Coniston Water.
Onwards and upwards...
Seems clear on the west side of The Old Man.
Looks clear across The Bell to Swirl How and Wetherlam
The Walna Scar Road.
The boys enjoy a paddle in Boo Tarn - a rare sight as
you can actually see some water in it!
The Old Man from Limestone Haws.
The cloud is starting to drift in now across Walna
Scar and Brown Pike.
Dougal enjoys the view from Little Arrow Moor.
Brown Pike and Buck Pike across The Cove, Cove Hut
Dougal and Casper - how on earth do they always end up
Looking from Crag O' Stile to The Old Man, now with
cloud on the summit.
Casper, the lone wolf, on the climb.
We are up in the cloud now and it is fleeting in and
Brown Pike and Blind Tarn.
As above, so below - looking at a dual cloud layer from The Old Man.
I visited Angus whilst I was here but alas the plaque has disappeared.
It's a different world up on the summit; cold and
cloudy with the final vestiges of winter snow remaining.
Caw, Buck Pike and Dow Crag revealed. Dougal has a
quick look around for the plaque!
I made a direct and mainly pathless descent through
the clouds. Here the boys head for a quick drink at this pool above
Bursting Stone Quarry.
The Fell Dogs in silhouette.
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