Old Man of Coniston and Dow Crag (2)

Unlike two weeks previously, on what was mostly the same walk, the weather on this occasion was perfect - cold, very sunny, and little wind. These conditions showed to best advantage the two main splendours of this round: first, the sharp drop to the east from the Coniston Old Man summit ridge, with its superb views over Low and Levers Waters towards the Wetherlam massif and the Furness Fells; second, the panorama afforded by the even steeper drop down from the Dow Crag summit ridge via its incomparably dramatic precipices to Goat’s Water far below. The walk was also complemented by side-trips to Brim Fell, and, later on, to Walna Scar, White Maiden and White Pike, the latter providing excellent panoramas towards the Scafell and other massifs to the north.
As on the previous occasion, the way round followed the principle ‘up by the hardest, down by the easiest’, which meant that it proceeded in an anticlockwise direction, with the first part being via the ‘back door’ route to Coniston Old man summit (i.e., from beside Bursting Stone Quarry road, then diagonally up to above The Cove, and thence to the top).
As should by now be obvious, this was another great day out!
(Highest point (Old Man of Coniston): 2633 ft/ 803 m. Distance: 7.69 miles/ 12.4 km. Ascent: 2973 ft./ 895m.)

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