Caw

Caw and the Duddon Valley

The Duddon Valley, from the Walna Scar road. Caw is the fell on the left.

Summits: Caw itself stands at 1735 feet above sea level. There are also two subsidiary summits named in the chapter, Pikes at 1539’ and Green Pikes at 1350’.

Date bagged: 16th July 2015 (walk 99).

Bagged as number: The three summits, in the order given above, became numbers 312-314 of the 330 Wainwrights. [ << Carron Crag (311)  (315) Cold Fell >>]

Caw summit

The Ordnance survey trig point on the top of Caw, looking north.

Route of ascent and descent: The only ascent described in the book is from Seathwaite, but that is a village without public transport. (This is the Seathwaite in the Duddon Valley incidentally, not the more famous one in Borrowdale.) I therefore had to invent a different route, and came at Caw from the east, starting the climb proper at the footbridge over the River Lickle at SD240940. To get to that point involved a walk of several miles from Coniston, though this could be shortened by starting at Torver.

After having then bagged the two subsidiaries I left Caw to the north-east and then went up Walna Scar.

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 121 of volume 8): “Caw means calf, but there is nothing docile and gentle in its temperament. In fact, the upper slopes are concave (the Ordnance column can be seen from the valley below) and aggressively steep, being defended by innumerable outcrops of rock, especially to the west, there forming crags. Caw is an abrupt pyramid on the long undulating ridge bounding the lower Duddon valley on the east with sundry rocky eminences in support…. it is the view to the Scafells, at any time of year, that will win most hearts… The picture is a classic.”

Caw from Hesk Fell

Caw seen from Hesk Fell on walk 91, and showing its most pyramidal aspect.

What I say: I came up Caw from the back and therefore did not get the full impression of this rocky aspect of the fell (see this picture), but I still thought it a good climb, and definitely a good summit with an excellent view in all directions, not just to the Scafells. The top is a fine little crag, as are those of its two subsidiary pikes as well. Worth a visit, and the time it will take to get there without a car (which, unfortunately, will be considerable).

Caw has the shortest name of any of the 330 Wainwrights — there are several with four-letter names, but Caw is the only one that gets it down to three letters. Not to be confused with Caw Fell, which is a few miles away, in Ennerdale.

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One Response to “Caw”

  1. […] a week ago, walk 98, I headed for Coniston again and this time took in the three new summits of Caw as well as a revisit to Walna Scar. All good walking with fine […]

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