Carron Crag - Route One

 

Start - Dodgson Wood SD 299 927 Distance - 3.5 miles Ascent - 1,180 feet Time - 1 hour : 55 minutes


The National Trust car park in Dodgson Wood on the eastern side of Coniston Water is the starting point for this walk
A broad track leaves the back of the car park
The track ends at Wrostlers Barn, a camping bothy.  The path continues on to the right of the barn 
Beacon Fell across Coniston Water from Wrostlers Barn
Looking back on Wrostlers Barn
Behind the barn a gate and stile lead onto a waymarked path through the oak trees of Dodgson Wood.  The wood is a site of special scientific interest(SSSi) which is particularly noted for its wide variety of fungi
The white waymark posts lead up to a stile and gate at the top of the wood
The path continues up beside a wall and eventually joins a rough track which begins from High Nibthwaite and climbs to Low Parkamoor
Looking over to Dow Crag and Coniston Old Man from the path above Dodgson Wood
Low Parkamoor comes into view as the path approaches the High Nibthwaite track
Looking over towards Caw, White Maiden and Dow Crag
Aproaching Low Parkamoor on the High Nibthwaite track
Low Parkamoor
Top o' Selside from Low Parkamoor
Beyond Low Parkamoor the track continues northwards over the rocky knolls of The Park
Looking back to Top o' Selside from The Park track
Over to the right the summit of Carron Crag appears above the trees of the Grizedale Forest
Dow Crag and Coniston Old Man from Park Crags
As the track approaches its highest point Helvellyn and the Fairfield group of fells come into view
The middle reaches of Coniston Water from The Park track
Dow Crag, Coniston Old Man, Swirl How and Wetherlam across Coniston Water from The Park track
The track begins to descend towards the Grizedale Forest
The track ends at a gate in the forest fence where a path continues on through a firebreak
The path gradually descends for half a mile until it reaches a major forest road, there are two options at that point.  Either turn left and follow the forest roads to approach Carron Crag from the north, or turn right for a slightly shorter approach from the south
We turned right on the forest road and Carron Crag soon came into view to the north-east across a clearing in the forest
It's just a matter of following the forest roads turning left at each of three junctions, which are about a third of a mile apart, to circle around and approach Carron Crag from the south 
Heading along the forest road from the second junction
A hundred yards past the third junction a path turns off through the trees towards Carron Crag
The path to Carron Crag
As the path climbs up towards 17 Degrees South, one of the many sculptures in Grizedale Forest, the summit of Carron Crag comes into view
Carron Crag from 17 Degrees South
Approaching the summit of Carron Crag
The summit of Carron Crag
The view south to the Leven Estuary
Top o' Selside from the summit of Carron Crag
Black Combe, Buck Barrow and Whit Fell on the horizon
Caw, White Maiden, Dow Crag and Coniston Old Man
Swirl How and Wetherlam with the Langdale Pikes in the centre horizon
The far eastern fells in the centre and right, with Dove Crag and Red Screes on the left 

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