Dow Crag via the South Rake

Start point: Walna Scar road (SD 289 970)

Walna Scar road – The Cove – Goat’s Water – South Rake – Dow Crag Buck Pike Blind Tarn – Cove Bridge – Walna Scar road

Distance: 5 miles     Total Ascent: 577 metres     Time Taken: 2 hours 15 minutes

Weather: Some sunny spells. 16ºC.

The Coniston fells cut the weather in half today; to the north-east all was overcast and to the south-west was much sunnier and brighter – guess which way I opted for! I climbed up to Dow Crag by the South Rake, a scree filled gully which is a scramble, not a walk (so be warned!). I made a pathless and steep descent to Blind tarn beneath Brown Pike to have a closer look at this often walked above, but not around, tarn.

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