Old Man of Coniston and Dow Crag (1)

Most of the first half of this walk was shrouded in cloud, and the second was in the teeth of very strong winds. Nevertheless, especially from the descent to Goat’s Water Hause onwards, where the cloud began to disperse, there were fine glimpses of the drama of Dow Crag’s great rocky ‘wall’ rearing above, and the sheer drop to Goat’s Water below. The very blustery conditions on Dow Crag summit ridge in particular also meant that there was a succession of spectacular and sudden changes in views towards Coniston Old Man to the east. Despite the conditions, in other words, there were, as in nearly all these walks, moments of pure epiphany, times and places where one would always wish to be, immersed in the numinous aurora of such elemental forces and so much magnificent scenery. A great round, thus, even in these conditions, and one definitely to be returned to again soon and savoured even more in finer weather!
(Highest point (Old Man of Coniston): 2633 ft/ 803 m. Distance: 5.8 miles/ 9.3 km. Ascent: 2500 ft./ 762m.)

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