Caw and the Coniston Fells

The weather was supposed to clear later in the day, unfortunately that never materialised but I was enjoying the fresh air so much I extended a planed shorter walk to Caw by linking it to the Coniston fells. It was an unusual route but it was worth it to see if it could be done (the answer is yes, but recommended? Probably not!).

Caw

We had a short walk up to Caw this morning – a great little fell with views all around yet you hardly ever see anyone up there. Also, there is news of a new member of the StridingEdge.net team…

Caw

There has been plenty of rain around over the last week or so but the Lake District has escaped the severe flooding that other parts of the country have been unfortunate enough to endure. It almost seemed impossible that we could get some dry weather at last after it rained relentlessly all day yesterday but here we have it – a rare dry day! The tops of the highest fells have a covering of snow and the wind up on top was pretty cold today.

Caw

I think I struck lucky with the weather today – the prediction was for an inversion but that didn’t seem particularly likely as I could see the fell tops through grey gloom and it was windy but as I started walking the sky began to clear. It was certainly cold and there was a strong wind as well making the temperature well below zero up there.

Caw

The Indian summer has disappeared and things have turned a lot more autumnal with strong winds and the odd shower around today. It was certainly a lot colder as well, this is the first walk since early summer that I have been back in long trousers. Things are set to get cooler with snow predicted on the tops later on this week – I think it’s time to dig out the winter gear.

Caw

It was lovely and sunny and clear this afternoon – I didn’t really have the time for a walk today but made it so to make the most of the good weather whilst it was there! A year has flown by and that is how long it is since I was last up on Caw and I’m glad I made the effort today, the sunset was just magical.

Caw

It was almost unexpected today for the weather to turn so good so suddenly. The sun came out when I was booting up (footwear, not PC!) and stayed throughout the walk. The wind though was a really cold northerly – an icy blast. We bumped into Oscar the Beardie at the start, a regular on these fells and one we have seen a good few times before. As you can imagine, there was fur and wagging tails everywhere! By the end of the walk it was snowing really heavily and the high fells certainly had a good fall of new snow on them. Is this the resurgence of winter?

Caw

All who walk up this pyramid shall see the finest land this corner of England has to offer. The view along the Vale of Duddon to the Pikes of Scafell is wondrous and the sight of The Old Man where the old, grey Bearded one lies is enough to lift thine heart, so it is written…extract from The Legend of Pyun Mash

Caw

More poor weather today and the high fells were once more covered with cloud. I decided on a lower favourite, Caw; to the south and south-west, all seemed much brighter.

Caw

It was hazy and grey this afternoon for a quick sprint up to Caw. Always a fave this one but nearly a year since I have been up there which surprised me when I looked. Obviously I need to get out more.

Caw

This morning it was raining but as the day went on the skies cleared and the sun came out – when it did so did we! It wasn’t as clear or as warm as yesterday but it was pleasant enough to be out for a short walk and get somewhere high enough to survey the scene of our long Scafell walk from afar.

Caw

Today I met up with Roger and Ann Hiley and their two dogs for a walk to Stickle Pike and Caw from Seathwaite in the Duddon Valley. The weather was almost unbelievably different to the wet and windy weather we have experienced over the last week or so as it was cool and clear. The views were superb from everywhere today; if only it would stay like this for a while!

Caw

Another grey day up on Caw today, yet the views were surprisingly quite extensive. Although visible, the distant fells were mainly silhouetted due to the lack of sunlight with only fleeting bursts of sunlight to brighten them.

Lickle Horseshoe

Relatively few visit the Lickle Valley, some perhaps have not heard of it but it is a lovely place – very quiet and removed from all manner of everyday life. It was a pity about the lack of views today as perhaps the photos do not show it at its best, so we will return when the skies are clearer. It almost felt as if we were pioneering on The Knott for this must surely be a different scene now the trees are removed.

Caw

I managed to have a short walk up to Caw this lunchtime; the wind was biting and the weather was constantly changing with quick moving clouds and showers. The views were non-existent at the summit, yet by the time I had descended less than 100 metres, the views were suddenly revealed.

Caw

It was much brighter than of late today with clear blue skies and sunshine for a walk up to Caw from Kiln Bank Cross. On the ascent of Caw, the clouds suddenly came over and I was fortunate to witness two interesting phenomenon – a Brocken Spectre and (almost) a temperature inversion.

Caw

Closer to home today with a short, steep ascent up to Caw from Kiln Bank Cross above Broughton Mills (normally I climb Stickle Pike from here). It was a bit grey again but there was a good view beyond the cloudy Scafells to the Pillar group which were bathed in sunshine, as was the west Cumbrian coast.

Caw

This morning’s walk was part of the Wainwright Society’s celebratory week commemorating 50 years since the first publication of the famous ‘Pictorial Guides’. The Great Lakeland Challenge records the ascent of all 214 Wainwright fells and 56 ‘Outlying Fell’ walks in one week by Society members who have nominated their choice. I chose Caw as it commands an outstanding view along the Duddon Valley and it has a great pyramidal shape when viewed from the valley below.

Unfortunately, it was a bit of a grey day today and the clarity of last week has gone although it is still felt chilly on the tops. This walk follows Wainwright’s Caw chapter in his book ‘The Outlying Fells of Lakeland’, page 120.

Caw

Well, the high winds of last night dropped by lunchtime and the skies were blue (sometimes!) so I managed to fit in a quick walk this afternoon. Today’s walk follows Wainwright’s Caw chapter in his book ‘The Outlying Fells of Lakeland’, page 120. The pyramid of Caw is recognisable from many other places in the Lake District and really deserves to be included in the full Wainwright list – whatever, it is still worth a visit.

Caw and the Dunnerdale Fells

A short walk this morning over another almost undiscovered jewel – Caw and the Dunnerdale Fells. It is not often you can walk completely alone for miles, especially during half term, but this was the case today.