Where is this walk?

Dow Crag via Seathwaite Tarn

September 4, 2019

Starting from the Duddon Valley the walk heads towards the Coniston Fells via Seathwaite Tarn. From here climb the steep slopes to Dow Crag and enjoy the wonderful views along its grassy ridge.

The Walk

This is one of my favourite walks in the Lake District. Dow Crag is an exciting fell with a long and unusual ridge. Towards the south is the little gem that is Blind Tarn and to the east are the steep and popular cliffs (popular climbing terrain). The views north provide an unusual perspective of the main Coniston ridge. Further on when the path drops off the ridge the views to the Duddon Valley and the Irish Sea open up. The Duddon Valley is rarely visited, a gem that encapsulates the best of the Lake District. There is is a lack of accommodation but maybe that is much of the appeal. This is a valley for walkers.

A few years back I tramped the Coniston Hills in a 3 day expedition. I was desperately trying to convince the Mountain Leader assessment team I knew what I was doing. We camped at the outlet of Seathwaite Tarn so this quiet place has ‘fond’ memories. More recently I returned to re-discover the route we took and rock face we used for belaying. I enjoyed my return so much more!


Keep as near the edge of Dow Crag as possible, the twin tarns of Blind and Goats Water offer spectacular viewing.

Dow Crag via Seathwaite Tarn is one of my favourite 25 walks in the Lake District.

Navigation Tips on Dow Crag

Take the road up to the tarn, ignore the distractions of nearby footpaths. Flat land at the head of a reservoir is almost always wet and Seathwaite Tarn is no exception. Avoid the path and head more uphill before crossing to the steep climb to the col under Dow Crag.

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