Walna Scar, from the Lickle Valley

Walna Scar, from the Lickle Valley. White Pike is the most prominent peak, with the true summit appearing the lowest of the three.

Summit: This is one of those Outlying Fells in which the assignation of Wainwrights seems rather arbitrary. Three tops are clearly described in the book, and though White Pike is not visited by the walk described on pages 116-7, White Maiden is. Yet it doesn’t appear in the volume’s index, so doesn’t count as a Wainwright.

Walker and Walna Scar

Walna Scar (and walker) from Harter Fell.

Therefore, the only summit on the book is Walna Scar itself at 2035’ above sea level. It’s the highest of the Outlying Fells (which admittedly isn’t saying much).

Volume: Book 8 (The Outlying Fells).

Date bagged: First visit: 1st May 2015 (walk 96).  Second visit: 17th July 2015 (walk 99). This will remain the fell with the shortest interval between my first and second visits.

Bagged as number: First round: 303 of 330 [ <<  Whitbarrow (302)  (304) High Knott >> ]

Second round: 17 of 330. [ << Dow Crag (16)  (18) Silver How >> ]

Walna Scar summit

Walna Scar summit on my first visit. Fells in background (l-r): Scafell, Scafell Pike, Broad Crag, Ill Crag, Great End, Esk Pike and Crinkle Crags (with Bowfell’s summit just peeking into view over the latter).

Route of ascent and descentFirst visit: Came up from the top of Walna Scar pass, which is barely a five-minute walk, probably less. Descended from there to Coniston.

Second visit: Feeling that I had not done the fell justice with such a perfunctory ascent I came the second time from Caw, requiring an ascent of the face of White Pike, a steep but not particularly difficult climb. My route of descent was the same, down to Coniston.

What Mr Wainwright says: (from page 115 of volume 8): “Mention Walna Scar to a Lakeland walker and he will think only of the pass of that name: the route across the fells between Coniston and the Duddon, centuries old, familiar and much trodden. The true Walna Scar, however, is a long grassy ridge elevated only slightly above the summit of the pass…. the greatest motive for its ascent being the superb view it offers, south, east and particularly west, in which latter direction there is a wide prospect of the maritime foothills of Lakeland sweeping up to the magnificent grouping of the Scafells.”

Walna Scar summit, looking south

The summit again on my second visit, this time looking south: White Pike immediately behind, then Caw, with the Duddon valley below.

What I say: If the fells of volume 8 stood alone Walna Scar would be the highest and thus a lot better known. But put in its real context it is  subservient to the neighbouring Dow Crag. It’s so easily attained from the top of Walna Scar pass that from that direction doesn’t really feel like a separate fell at all.

My second visit allowed a much better acquaintance with it, from the south, where it also shows its best side: White Pike looks impressively pointed from here. From here it becomes a fell worth climbing and, as Wainwright says, it does have a very good view. Unfortunately because from this direction it is much harder to access, I suspect most people don’t get to know Walna Scar properly.

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2 Responses to “Walna Scar”

  1. […] walk also took in the outlier that is Walna Scar, which means that I have now bagged (for the first time) 303 of the 330 Wainwrights and have 27 to […]

  2. […] 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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