1st April 2012

Walking the Lakeland Passes - Walk 8 - Walna Scar Road


Walk Overview
Time 11.00 to 18.00
Duration 7 hr
Distance 11.2 mile
Ascent 3700 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Coniston - Walna Scar Road - Seathwaite Tarn - Goats Hawse - Walna Scar Road - Coniston
Fells visited
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Car park, Coniston

As with most other car parks in towns and villages you'll need to bring planty of pound coins to park next to the tourist information centre car park. This one isn't the biggest car park either and it does fill up rather quickly. If you don't mind a short walk however, there is a second option at Coniston Sports Club (the top red arrow)

Route Map

Here we are in Coniston and ready to set out on a walk over Walna Scar Road, up to Seathwaite Tarn and then over Goat's Hawse. Apart from the lack of people in Coniston, the most notable thing today was the temperature; probably quite normal for the time of year, but after a few weeks of unseasonably warm conditions this came as a bit of a shock.
Never mind looking for somewhere out in the open to sit and eat, today needed shelter. Unfortunately for one of us it was a case of first come first served, , , , you'll see what I mean.

Next time I come here I should bring some paint and a pair of garden shears.

Not far off the end of the road and the beginning of the track. That's Coniston Old Man up there on the right.

This was a busy spot today.

Onwards and upwards we go, and although the route from Coniston to the top is quite a long way, the only really steep bit is the section on the outskirts of Coniston. The rest of the route makes for a nice pleasant walk.

Cove Bridge.

Looking across to Goat's Hawes (the low point on the skyline). We'll be up there later in the walk.

Only room for one, and don't stand up too quickly when you've finished. Yes, I know my place, and today it was outside in the wind.

Over the top now and heading down to Duddon Valley.

The view back up. It wasn't half windy on here, , , cool as well. A few days ago Jennifer had rolled up trousers and a tee-shirt on, today it was hat gloves and a jacket.

On route down to Duddon Valley we passed close to these old quarry workings. We didn't go across today, but I've been there several times in the past and it is quite an interesting spot to look around.

Extensive views across to Harter Fell and the Scafells.

Despite the Scafells being in view, the skyline is dominated by Harter Fell. Ask an eight year old to draw you a picture of a mountain and you'll get Harter Fell.

The Duddon Valley is a lovely quiet place and makes for some really nice lower level walking. One of these passes walks will see me walking over from Eskdale, and through the valley as far as Ulpha. I think that one will have to be kept for a sunny day so I can see the place at it's best.

That answers the question 'how far have we walked so far'.

Now it's time to start walking up to Seathwaite Tarn.

Green Crag (left) and Harter Fell (right).

Seathwaite Tarn.
Our route took us around the right hand side of the tarn and even though Jennifer rightly said "I can't see a path" there is one there.


After passing the end of the tarn we headed up hill towards Goat's Hawse. This picture shows the head of the valley twisting around the side of Grey Friar.

Goat's Water seen from Goat's Hawse. Much to Jennifer's delight, it's all down hill from here.

Almost at Goat's Water and it's about time we ate the fruit cake I've carried around with me.

Getting ready to camp.

Walking around the edge of The Cove to get back to Walna Scar Road

A view back along the path showing Buck Pike and Dow Crag.

Despite the cloud building up behind us, we were enjoying a lovely evening on the walk back. That's Coniston Water down there (both of them) and the track running across the picture from the right is Walna Scar Road.



Quite the eye catcher. Given it's age, I'm sure we can forgive the oil spill on the road.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks