" " Lake District Trails and Ales: Caw, October 26th 2009

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Caw, October 26th 2009

Having done Caw myself a few weeks earlier, I was determined to take the rest of the family (including dog) up.  One of the  reasons is that we can see Caw from our cottage along with Coniston Old Man, Dow Crag, The Beacon, Blawith Knott, Tottlebank Height and Harter Fell and we obviously have to bag all of these. In fact its a challenge set for anyone who stays there over the course of a week.

We set off on the path that is signposted Seathwaite and The Newfield Inn (where we saw our Border Collie pup advertised) on the road from Broughton Mills to Seathwaite. The path starts just after a cattle grid and gate across the road under Stickle Pike. This is a very easy walk until you hit Caw itself where it rises fairly steeply. However, more fun can be had by taking a right path after about 1km up and over the tops of the fells (Broadslack) on the right hand side as you walk towards Caw (which isn't itself yet in view).  There are a couple of disused mines along the route, with sealed entrances to caves.

As you look back you get a good view of Stickle Pike and a very tempting path that rises to the top. After the first set of fells on the right hand side of the path Caw suddenly comes into view as does the Seathwaite valley. We walked up Long Mire, which is almost moor like until we hit an easy to see path up Caw.  The path near the top is less obvious, but all routes upwards lead to the top.

I have done this walk twice this year and only seen 4 people in total.  From the top of Caw you get fantastic views all around - Seathwaite, Harter Fell, Walna Scar, Conistion and back down the Crake Valley. You can see our cottage from the top. Leaving the top to the east, there is another fairly prominent pike visible. We headed for this and from the top took an off piste route down back to join Long Mire in a direction back towards the original path we came on.

For us Broughton-in-Furness is on the way back, so inevitably we stopped off for a well earned refreshment.  The only problem with Broughton, which is a great village, is which of the three excellent pubs to go to.  Today we stopped of at the Manor Arms, which looks out directly onto the square, for a couple of pints of Yates and some pork scratchings.

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