White Pike

Height: 598 metres / 1962 feet Grid reference: SD 24912 95563

White Pike

White Pike

Angus on White Pike, the Duddon Estuary beyond

Angus on White Pike, the Duddon Estuary beyond

Caw and the Coniston Fells

Start Point: Kiln Bank Cross (SD 215 933)

Seathwaite – Park Head Road – Caw (OF) – Pikes (OF) – White PikeWhite MaidenWalna Scar (OF) – Walna Scar Road – Seathwaite

Distance: 7.8 miles     Total Ascent: 773 metres     Time Taken: 3 hours 20 minutes     Start Time: 13:00

Weather: Generally overcast, 17°C

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!).

White Maiden

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 (OF) – 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. 5C

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.

Seathwaite Fells

Start point: Long House at the foot of the Walna Scar Road near Seathwaite, Duddon Valley (SD 239 968)

Long House – Walna Scar roadWhite Pike White MaidenWalna ScarBrown PikeBuck Pike Dow Crag – Seathwaite Tarn – Long House

Distance: 7 miles     Total Ascent: 700 metres     Time Taken: 3 hours 15 minutes

Weather: Snowy and cold wind with sunny spells. 4°C

It was sunny, snowy and cold up on the Coniston fells this morning and it was nice to get above the snow line and tread the crisp, new snow in sunshine for a while. The wind was constantly blowing in snow showers up on the Dow Crag ridge and it looks like there is more to come. I had intended to walk round to Grey Friar and descend that way but the ominous clouds and heavy snow showers put paid to that idea!

Dow Crag

Start point: Torver (SD 285 945)

Torver – Bleaberry Haws – High Pike HawWhite MaidenWhite PikeWalna Scar (OF) – Walna Scar Road – Brown PikeBuck Pike on Seathwaite FellDow Crag Goat’s  Haws – Tranearth – Torver

Distance: 8.9 miles     Total Ascent: 992 metres     Time Taken: 3 hours 20 minutes

Weather: Sunny and hazy. 17°C.

The sun was shining again today, with temperatures up to a pleasant 17°C at valley level, although at times it was quite chilly in the cold breeze on the tops. I had a walk up to the Coniston fells from Torver, using the gradual ascent up to Walna Scar via the ‘ignored by Wainwright’ south western fells. The view becomes increasingly better using this route with unrivalled views of the southern Coniston fells and great views along the Duddon Valley to Harter Fell and the Sca Fells beyond.

Walna Scar

Start point: Torver (SD 285 945)

Torver – Bleaberry Haws – High Pike Haw (205) White Maiden (206)White Pike (207)Walna Scar (208) (OF) Walna Scar Road – Cove Bridge – Tranearth – Torver

Weather: Rain, rain (go away!)

Today’s walk takes in a circuit of Torver High Common and is truncated from what I originally planned due to the rather inclement weather. As it rained from start to finish, there are no promised great views of the Coniston Fells or the Sca Fells, but there are some nice water shots – seeing as there was so much of it around!