Wednesday 7th March 2012
Start point: Long House at the
foot of the Walna Scar Road near Seathwaite, Duddon Valley (SD 239 968)
Long House - Walna Scar road
White Pike -
White Maiden -
Walna Scar Road
- Long House
Distance: 3.5 miles
Total Ascent: 460 metres
Time Taken: 1 hours 30 minutes
Start Time: 13:30
Weather: A real mixed bag but
generally a cold wind.
The snow seems to have disappeared from
all the south western fells now. Today was a real mixed bag of weather
but an enjoyable climb up through the Walna Scar Quarries up to White
Pike and White Maiden. It seems like ages since I have been this way so
it was a welcome (if a bit fresh) return.
There's a touch of blue sky up there, looking up to
White Pike from the bottom of the Walna Scar Road.
Harter Fell across Long House Gill and it's looking a
bit grey over there.
The view from higher up the track with a glimpse of
Scafell to the right.
White Pike and the disused tips from the Walna Scar
Light and dark, looking across to Black Scar.
The gentler south western side of Dow Crag. You would
never guess what the eastern face of it was like from here.
Green Crag and Harter Fell across ruined quarry
The Scafells are missing in action over there
Walna Scar Quarry.
From the quarry it is a steep and direct climb to
White Pike. The wind really picked up climbing up here (as Casper and
Dougal demonstrate) and with it came the rain.
...but the strong wind blew the clouds right away by
the time I reached the summit cairn of White Pike and the Scafells are
magically revealed once more.
Looking along Broughton Moor to the Duddon Estuary,
Black Combe to the right.
Broughton Moor Slate Quarry below, beyond is Beacon
Fell and Beacon Tarn with a glimpse of Coniston Water.
The Coniston fells from White Pike.
Scafell and Scafell Pike with the ridge of Hard Knott
Esk Pike and Bowfell.
A lovely view of the Scafells now across one of the
un-named tarns on White Maiden.
The summit of White Maiden.
It's like a different day altogether walking the White
Heading for the small lump of Walna Scar looking to
Dow Crag, Buck Pike and Brown Pike. On the distant right is The Old Man.
The top of Walna Scar and as if by magic the weather
completely changed again as it went very grey...time for a quick exit.
Back down to the bottom of the Duddon side of the
Walna Scar Road, this is Long House Gill from the small bridge.
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