These are three "connoisseur's hills", according to a chap we met whilst on one of them. The procession of people along Walna Scar road are mainly heading to Dow Crag, which is a shame as these are a lovely cluster of hills. After the rough loose rocks and stones of the pass their soft grassy paths are very welcome. Blind Tarn is a great place to sit for a while on the way back.
Appropriately, this walk starts from the rough car park at the end of the Walna Scar public road.
Walk height profile
note that gradients are usually grossly exaggerated
Continue through the parking area and keep right on the main track heading mostly west. Follow the track as it sweeps right, then left and past the turning for the quarry and a path signposted to the Old Man. Remain on the track as it passes Boo Tarn, which is really only a very muddy puddle rarely showing any open water.
Cross the stone bridge over Goats Water Beck, Cove Bridge, and continue on the track. A lot of work was been done here in 2011 to improve drainage and erosion control but some of the works look unfinished. Passing The Cove the track steepens and climbs in a series of zigzags. Just above is a small stone weather shelter. Continue on the track to the top of the pass.
At the crossroad of paths, turn left onto a wide grassy path. This is soon just a faint and narrow sheep trod. A small pile of stones marks the top of Walna Scar.
Follow the path over the summit and down the other side over some minor bumps on the ridge. Bear right and follow the path as it traverses below White Maiden heading directly for White Pike. This path gets a bit boggy in places, and best described as soft everywhere else. Climb to the summit of White Pike. There is a cairn come windbreak here.
Retrace your steps off the summit area and look for the faint path heading to to the top of the wall at about your 2 o'clock - i.e slightly right. It doesn't really matter if you loose the path, the summit cairn of White Maiden, your third hill, is just beside the wall corner.
Head away from the wall corner and cairn in the general direction of Walna Scar along the ridge. You may find a path across the grassy bogs, or just yomp north-easterly aiming to intersect the path just below Walna Scar. Go over Walna Scar again, and down to the crossroads.
At the crossroads turn right.
As an extra bit of exploration, you could visit Blind Tarn. Hidden below Brown Pike it has stunning views over The Cove to Coniston Water and to the coast. The path is now a little harder to find with the works that have obliterated the cairn and obvious turning. Now, finding it for the first time requires a little skill, and perhaps a GPS, altimeter, or good navigational awareness. Above the steeper zigzags, alongside the newer path lies the old path which is now a ditch. Here a grassy ramp heads up the hillside. On one side are the steep slopes of Brown Pike, on the other a grassy Protalus Rampart like ridge. The height is approx
Follow the track all the way back to the car park.
If you like this walk then why not try one of our other nearby walks:
|Dow Crag and Goats Water||same start point|
|The Old Man of Coniston, Brim Fell, Swirl How, Wetherlam||same start point|
|The Old Man of Coniston||100m (110 yards) away|
|Coppermines Valley above Coniston||1.4km (0.9 miles) away|
|Cumbria Way - Coniston to Dungeon Ghyll||1.4km (0.9 miles) away|
|The Old Man of Coniston, from Coniston village||1.5km (0.9 miles) away|
|Wetherlam, via Lad Stones ridge and Black Sails||1.6km (1.0 miles) away|
|Tarn Hows from Coniston||1.6km (1.0 miles) away|
|A visit to Cathedral Cavern from Tilberthwaite||4.4km (2.7 miles) away|
|Steel Edge and Wetherlam Edge, from Tilberthwaite||4.4km (2.7 miles) away|
|Tarn Hows, Black Fell, Holme Fell||4.5km (2.8 miles) away|
|A stroll around Tarn Hows||4.6km (2.8 miles) away|
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