With our gear and food safely stowed, we donned our boots again and made our way to our starting point - the Walna Scar Road. We'd decided to do a roundabout route, rather than going straight up the Old Man. This was mainly thanks to my dad's advice, as we were hoping to make it a full day's walk and he had told us this was a nice route. So our plan - which we followed - was to head right along the Walna Scar Road, round to the south of the Old Man, and follow it up until we reached a turning to the north to head up Brown Pike. From there, we then followed the ridge to reach the summit of Dow Crag, and then descended slightly, heading east, before making the final ascent up the Old Man.
Starting up the Walna Scar Road was an early challenge as it's extremely steep initially. Thankfully, it soon levels off quite significantly, which allowed us to catch our breath. The sun was shining and it was pretty warm - all in all, a lovely day for a walk.
The first part of the road is tarmac, and a lot of people drive up to a car park about a mile along the road to start the ascent of the Old Man from there. We were quite pleased to get off the tarmac and onto the bridal way that continued the road to the west. It then wends its way along, climbing relatively gradually, until you reach the beginning of the ascent up Brown Pike, where it starts to zig zag up the side of the hill.
But enough words...I'll let you see for yourselves...
He couldn't have picked a more perfect spot, and I couldn't have been happier - my answer was, of course, yes! So it looks like before long I'm going to be a Walking Wife!