7th July 2006

A walk from Seathwaite (Duddon Valley) to some old trackways, dissused mines and one fell.


Walk Overview
Time 14.05 to 17.00
Duration 2 hr 55 min
Distance 6 mile
Ascent 1785 ft
Walking with On my own
Seathwaite - Park Head Road - Caw - Pikes - Walna Scar Road - Seathwaite
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Parking spaces near Seathwaite Church, Duddon Valley

With only enough room for about four cars, this is somewhere that fills up very early in the day. The alternative is to park next to the Newfield Inn found a couple of minutes walk along the road.

Parking is free.


Route Map

Seathwaite Church.

Looking back down Park Head Road with Grey Friar and Dow Crag behind.

And again from a little further up the track.

A close up of Stephenson Ground taken from the route up Caw.
Caw is one of those cone shaped fells where you'd have to walk with your eyes closed to miss the summit; as long as you're heading up hill then you'll get to the top eventually, no matter which route you take. The area is quite rocky and very steep in places, but these can easily be avoided and I usually end up taking a different route every time I visit Caw.

Caw summit and the Coniston Fells.
The path which can be seen above the quarries is the top section of the Walna Scar Road. I joined the track just past the quarries and turned left, back down to the valley.

Harter Fell seen from Caw summit.

The way ahead to Pikes. There is actually a narrow path along this section of the walk, it is a little difficult to see in places, but the general direction is easy enough to follow even if you loose the path.

A small un-named tarn along the route.

Some of the ruins at Walna Scar Quarries.

Harter Fell from the Walna Scar Road.

The bottom of the Walna Scar Road.
This route is often used by off road vehicles (4x4's and motorcycles) as a route over to Coniston. The road is closed until later this year to allow repair work to be completed.

And from the rocky section where I stopped for some thing to eat.
The track which turns off to the left (over the bridge) takes you to Seathwaite Tarn.

A Rabbit and a Wood Pigeon, which for some reason were keen to walk a little ahead of me along the road. When I stopped they stopped; when I started to walk they hopped and jumped along, staying just ahead of me. This went on from the bottom of Walna Scar Road until the main valley road. They only ran / flew off when a car eventually passed me.


David Hall -
Lake District Walks