Dow Crag and Seathwaite Tarn
A challenging circular walk in the Western Lakes which visits the pretty Seathwaite Tarn and the fine viewpoint at Dow Crag.
The walk starts from the little village of Seathwaite in the Duddon Valley area of the South Lakeland District. Park at the car park in the village and start by heading north east up to the Walna Scar Road. The path then climbs to Walna Scar, Brown Pike, Blind Tarn and Buck Pike before coming to Dow Crag. The summit stands at a height of 778 m (2,552 ft) with great views of the Scafells, Skiddaw and the Helvellyn range. You are also just above the lovely Goat's Tarn and Blind Tarn which are very photogenic.
After taking in the views you then descend to Seathwaite Tarn where there's a nice path along the western side of the water. The path then continues the descent to pretty Tarn Beck, which you follow back into Seathwaite.
This walk is located very close to the Old Man of Coniston where you can extend your exercise. It lies just to the east of the Dow Crag summit and can be reached by following paths past Goat's Water from Goat's Hawse. See our Circular Walk around Coniston for more details. The 7 mile hike visits the Old Man summit before heading to Dow Crag, Buck Pike, Brown Pike and Walna Scar.
Just to the west is the lovely climb to Harter Fell where there are more great views over the Duddon Valley and woodland trails through the adjacent Dunnerdale Forest.
Dow Crag and Seathwaite Tarn Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Dow Crag and Seathwaite Tarn Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Dow Crag and Seathwaite Tarn OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Dow Crag and Seathwaite Tarn Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Dow Crag and Seathwaite Tarn Pubs/Cafes
The 16th century Newfield Inn is located at the start of the route in Seathwaite. The cosy interior includes a log burner to warm you up on colder days. Outside there's a nice garden area where you can watch the birds at the bird feeders and enjoy views of the surrounding fells. They do really nice food and have a good selection of Cumbrian beers. The pub is dog friendly and also provides accommodation if you need to stay over. You can find the pub at postcode LA20 6ED.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The tarn is located just to the west of the River Duddon in the Duddon Valley. You can try our riverside circular walk here and also try some of the peaceful woodland trails in the adjacent Dunderdale Forest. The car park at the forest also makes an alternative starting point for the route.