Monday 12th December 2011
Start point: Walna Scar road
(SD 289 970)
Walna Scar road - The Cove - Goat's Water -
South Rake -
Dow Crag -
Buck Pike -
Brown Pike - Cove Bridge - Walna Scar road
Distance: 5.1 miles
Total Ascent: 593 metres
Time Taken: 2 hours 50 minutes
Start Time: 09:15
Weather: Showers, cloudy on the tops.
It was bright around the periphery of the
Lakes today but most of the fells I could see were shrouded in mist. I
still fancied a bit of winter walking so headed for Dow Crag in search
of some snow and have a hunt around for something else today as well.
Firstly, a bit of a story about a fell
dog - this extract is from Wainwright's 'The Southern Fells', Coniston
Old Man 6...
It seems nothing has changed much and the same thing that happened to
Charmer's Grave also happened to the
Details of Charmer's demise from the Lakes
Herald, 31st March 1911 ...
Another Promising Hound Dashed To Death
CONISTON FOXHOUNDS - As
was recorded in last week’s issue, the above hounds had a thrilling
experience on Dow Crags at Coniston, seven of them being crag fast and
not rescued for about 24 hours. Unfortunately one of the hounds, the
promising young bitch Charmer, appeared to have stolen back on a fresh
hunt, and got crag fast in the same place. But this was not discovered
till later. On Sunday she was heard howling, and a rescue party tried to
reach her, but before they could get there Charmer had fallen down the
crag and was dashed to death.
Charmer's Grave with the inscription 'Charmer 1911' on
the stone, 100 years on and the letters are faded but still visible.
Kindred spirits - Charmer is not alone today but has two other fell
dogs to visit him. RIP lad.
Note: I have put these Charmer's Grave
photos out of sequence to protect its location.
Back to the walk from the beginning...
Sunshine and clouds on The Old Man...
...and on The Bell. Beyond, Wetherlam is in cloud too.
As soon as I started walking though, the heaven's opened and soaked me
with a sleety shower.
Blue skies to the south but the higher Coniston fells are all in
cloud this morning.
Sunlit clouds to the south.
A rainbow along the path to The Cove.
Goat's Water outfall.
The crags of Dow Crag.
Climbing into the mist.
Goat's Water from up on high.
At the foot of the South Rake and it is time to don
crampons. Casper and Dougal don't seem too bothered by the steep slope
or the snow.
Note: Don't try a winter climb like this if you
are inexperienced. Don't take a dog this way in these conditions.
Looking down the Rake. The snow was thigh deep for much
of the way making the going pretty tough - it certainly got my heart
rate up - but it was a really satisfying climb nevertheless.
It looks steep when it is filled with snow and a long,
The South Rake from the top.
The two intrepid mountaineers are pleased to have made it.
Heading for Buck Pike.
Buck Pike in mono.
Descending through the old quarry, Coniston Water in
The Old Man across The Cove.
Brown Pike and Buck Pike are under there somewhere.
Heading back along the newly smoothed Walna Scar Road.
Sunshine heading back along the Walna Scar Road with a
view all the way to the Ill Bell ridge.
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