Alan Humphries writes – The ‘A’ party were doing Coniston Old Man and Dow Crag. It was a beautiful sunny day with just a light breeze. I had never done Dow Crag and the thought of ticking off another ‘Wainwright’ was just too tempting. I could recover tomorrow.
Starting from the rear of the Sun Hotel we followed the tourist route alongside Church Beck to Miners Bridge. We then started the hard slog through the spoil heaps to reach the remains of some mine workings where there were the rusting remains of some winding gear. Our next objective was Low Water and then the never ending ‘steps’ to the summit. Visibility was quite good and there were some good views looking back to Low Water. We ate our lunch sitting in the sunshine at the summit of The Old Man of Coniston (2633 ft) and enjoyed the fine views.
After a nice rest we started on our descent to Goat’s Hause followed by another climb up to Dow Crag. There were lots of walkers out today and there was a queue to climb to the rocky summit of Dow Crag at 2555 ft. We were in the midst of some magnificent rock architecture with the steep precipice towering above Goat’s water. As we walked along the ridge towards Buck Pike we could gaze down Great Gully and Easy Gully. Easy Gully is only ‘easy’ in rock climbing terms. Not for us walkers. We continued along the ridge to Brown Pike and below us to our left was Blind Tarn, so named because it has no outlet. Our way back was along the never-ending Walna Scar road and by the time we reached the Sun Hotel we were all thirsty.
We sampled the Bluebird Bitter , brewed by the Coniston Brewing Company. 3.6% ABV. Juicy malt and tart hops vie for attention in the mouth while the finish is tart and hoppy but well balanced by creamy malt.
Gordon and David must have been dehydrated because they also tried Hawkshead Bitter 3.7% ABV. A pale, hoppy and bitter ale: a slight elderflower aroma from Slovenian ‘Celeia’ hops, followed by a long bitterness. The hikers favourite, the perfect thirst quencher after a day on the fells.
A super high level walk.