Dow Crag via Seathwaite Tarn

  • Dow Crag offers a great ridge
  • Explore lovely Duddon Valley
  • Great views in all directions

This is one of my favourite walks in England. Dow Crag is an exciting fell with a long and unusual ridge, perched to the south over the little gem that is Blind Tarn and initially over steep cliffs (popular climbing terrain). The views across to the main Coniston ridge and further afield to the high mountains of the Scafell range are splendid from here. Further on when the path drops down to Seathwaite Tarn the views to the Duddon Valley and the Irish Sea open up. The Duddon Valley is rarely visited, a gem that epitomises the best of the Lakes and I would urge all to go; maybe there is a lack of accommodation but this is a walkers valley and does host a large campsite near Seathwaite village.

A few years back I tramped the Coniston Hills in a 3 day expedition as I desperately tried to convince the Mountain Leader assessment team I knew what I was doing. We camped at the outlet of Seathwaite Tarn that day but more recently I returned to re-discover my assessed legs and the rock face we had used for practice. The Duddon Valley really is not that far away with any trip over Rhinos pass  ensuring a wonderful day’s walking.

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

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Dow Crag & Seathwaite Tarn map

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. The English Lakes South West. Buy Map
Start Point: SD 228960. Park at Seathwaite and walk 1/2 a mile up the road, fork right and take the ancient Walna Scar Road
Height to Climb: 670 ms (2198 feet)
Terrain: Crossing the head of Seathwaite Tarn can be wet but nothing should detract from this great walk
Eating & Drinking: The Newfield Inn fits the valley perfectly. A geNuine traditional Lakeland walkers pub, long may it continue
Similar Walks Nearby: Fells over the Duddon Valley
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