Dow Crag

Running track on Dow crag

Dow Crag. The Lake District

I think Dow Crag is my 2nd most climbed hill in the Lake District. The climb up is fairly gradual if you start from the Coniston side. I usually follow the Walna Sca road which follows the base of Coniston Old Man, follow the path which will eventually go over a bridge before starting the zig-zag up the hill.

You’ll eventually reach the crossroads and get greeted with a great view over to the Scafell Range and if you’re lucky, the Isle of Man. Go right here and again you will zig-zag up the side until you reach a cairn and a half moon-shaped shelter. I usually take in the view here before following the ridge which slowly ascends up to the top of Dow Crag.

En route to the top you will see the Duddon valley to your left and Blind Tarn down to your right as well as a few gulleys, once you reach the rocky area, these both offer great photo opportunities. I also like to look back at the crossroads and follow the track which leads away to White Maiden. I have fond memories of a winter walk up here when a fell runner ran past. There were 20-30 mile an hour winds, ice and snow everywhere and the passing words were “It’s a bit wild isn’t it?” Nothing more needed to be said, he was right.

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