Dow Crag and Goats Water

An easy circular walk taking in the Brown Pike, Buck Pike, Dow Crag ridge from the car park at the end of the Walna Scar road. Although overlooked by the taller "Old Man" the ridge gives fantastic views down into The Cove, Goats Water, and north to the unmistakable profile of the Scafells round to Bowfell and the Crinkles. On a clear day Morecambe Bay can be seen over the southern tip of Coniston Water.

The area has a rich if industrial history. Walna Scar road was built to connect Coniston with the Duddon Valley and the quarries on either side. The Cove was quarried for slate, spoil heaps below Brown Pike show of quarrying there. One of the buildings used to store explosives was used for many years by climbers as a bothy before the weather took its toll.