Gowbarrow Fell

Details
Grid Ref NY 407 218
Height 1,579 ft

God alone knows how many thousands of people visit Aira Force each year, yet only a tiny fraction of the visitors give a second thought to venturing any further than the waterfalls themselves. This is a shame for them, but good for us who enjoy walking on Gowbarrow Fell. Aira Force is an impressive waterfall of some 60ft and fro reasone I don't think I need to explain, the best time to include it on your route is after heavy rainfall or if you're especially keen, during heavy rainfall. In our modern times there are three car parks to choose from, all of which offer easy access to the falls. Although this was not the case in days gone by. As one eighteenth century writer described it:
"a truly astonishing cataract called Airey Force. In order to view it to advantage the traveller should descend pretty low into the dark vale through which the water flows, but as this requires both courage and agility, many decline the attempt"

The National Trust owns much of the area which was bought from Mr H.C. Howard by public subscription in 1906 for the sum of £12,800. The opening ceremony was held in the August of that year and was attended by Mr Woodrow Wilson; who later became the President of the United States.

Gowbarrow is one of of those Lakeland fells with no immediate neighbours. this makes it difficult, but not impossible to include Gowbarrow on a multi fell walk. The obvious fell to include is Little Mell Fell and for those who don't mind a bit of road walking, Great Mell Fell is within manageable reach.

A view from the road above Dockray
 
Location maps
 
 

Route suggestions

Route suggestion: Park Brow - Aira Force - Green Hill - Gowbarrow Fell
1.5 mile / approx 1000 ft ascent
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This route sets out from the middle of the three car parks and is the quickest route to Aira Force. From the falls, you can easily get out onto the open fellside, head across towards Green Hill and follow the path to the summit of Gowbarrow.


 

Route suggestion: Park Brow - High Force - Gowbarrow Fell
1.4 mile / approx 800 ft ascent
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Despite the strange looking shape of the route, this is actually a straight forward walk to the top. Please not that if this route is followed as shown, you miss out Aira Force.

One thing to point out is that the path approaching the summit has been resurfaced and makes for a much drier walk than it did in the past.


Photo gallery

Taken from the side fo Great Melldrum
 
Seen from the opposite side of Ullswater
 

 

 

 

 

 

Choose a walk that includes this fell
The number of walks to choose from is 20

25th March 2016
  Great Mell Fell to Glenridding Dodd 14.7 mile 4800 ft (ish)
Roadside near Brownrigg Farm - Great Mell Fell, and back down - Road to The Hause - Little Mell Fell - The Hause - Great Meldrum - Gowbarrow Fell - Park Brow top car park - wall along Watermollock Common - Brown Hills - Birkett Fell - Hart Side - Glenmcoyne Head - Nick Head - Sheffield Pike - Heron Pike - Glenridding Dodd - The Rake - Stybarrow Crag
 

8th November 2014
  Aira Force (twice) and Gowbarrow Fell 9.2 mile 2100 ft
Parkgate Brow - High Force - Aira Force - Gowbarrow Fell - Great Meldrum - Little Meldrum - The Hause - Little Mell Fell - The Hause - below Priest's Crag - Swinburn's Park - Shooting Lodge - Memorial Seat - Aira Force - High Force - Parkgate Brow
 

17th December 2013
  Aira Force and Gowbarrow Fell 4.1 mile 1300 ft
A5091 (Park Brow) - High Force - Gowbarrow Fell - Shooting Lodge - Memorial Seat - Aira Force - A5091 (Park Brow)
 

12th May 2013
  Gowbarrow before the rain came 3.5 mile 1100 ft
Park Brow - High Force - Gowbarrow Fell - Gowbarrow Park - Aira Force - Park Brow
 

30th December 2012
  Gowbarrow Fell and Aira Force 4.5 mile 1100 ft
Parkgate Brow - High Force - Gowbarrow Fell - Shooting Lodge - Memorial Seat - Aira Force - High Force - Parkgate Brow
 

18th February 2012
  Great Mell Fell and Gowbarrow Fell 10.2 mile 2100 ft
Brownrigg Farm - Great Mell Fell - Brownrigg Farm - Nabend Farm - road north of Little Mell Fell - track east of Little Mell Fell - Swinburn's Park - Gowbarrow Fell - Ulcat Row - Moorend Farm - Brownrigg Farm
 

21st May 2011
  Ahead of the rain on Gowbarrow 8.9 mile 2100 ft
Parkgate Brow - High Force - Gowbarrow Fell - Great Meldrum - Little Meldrum - The Hause - Little Mell Fell - The Hause - below Priest's Crag - Swinburn's Park - Shooting Lodge - Memorial Seat - Aira Force - High Force - Parkgate Brow
 

12th December 2010
  These feet were made for walking - a big milestone near Aira Force 7.8 mile 2100 ft
Park Brow - High force - Gowbarrow Fell - Great Meldrum - The Hause - Swinburn's Park - Shooting Lodge - traverse of Gowbarrow Park - Aira Force - High Force - Park Brow
 

2nd May 2010
  Little Mell Fell and Gowbarrow Fell 6.7 mile 1700 ft
The Hause - Little Mell Fell - The Hause - road towards Watermillock - Swinburn's Park - Gowbarrow Fell - near Millses - Ulcat Row - road to The Hause
 

2nd March 2010
  A quick walk up Gowbarrow Fell because I was passing the area 3.3 mile 1100 ft
Aira Force car park - Green Hill - Gowbarrow Fell - High Force - Aira Force - Aira Force car park
 

31st July 2009
  A short walk to Aira Force and Gowbarrow Fell 3 mile 1150 ft
Park Brow - Aira Force - High Force - Gowbarrow Fell - Green Hill - Aira Force - Park Brow
 

14th February 2009
  Gowbarrow and Aira Force 4.6 mile 1300 ft
Aira Force car park - Yew Crag - Shooting Lodge - Great Meldrum - Gowbarrow Fell - High Force - Aira force - Aira Force Car Park
 

19th January 2008
  Gowbarrow Fell to Little Mell Fell 8.5 mile 2300 ft
Park Brow - Aira Force - Green Hill - Gowbarrow Fell - Great Meldrum - Little Meldrum - The Hause - Little Mell Fell - The Hause - Watermillock Church - Swinburn's Park - Shooting Lodge - Memorial Seat Aira Force - Park Brow
 

17th November 2007
  A short walk to Gowbarrow and Aira Force 3.7 mile 1289 ft
A5091 - Aira Beck - Gowbarrow Fell - Gowbarrow Park - Aira Force - High Force - A5091
 

17th February 2007
  Gowbarrow Fell and some lovely countryside on a warm sunny day 8.3 mile 2250 ft
The Hause - Swinburn's Park - Memorial Seat - Green Hill - Gowbarrow Fell - Ulcat Row - The Hause
 

2nd July 2006
  A scorching hot walk up Little Mell Fell and Gowbarrow 5.7 mile 1483 ft
The Hause - Little Mell Fell - The Hause -Todgill - Greenbank - Ulcat Row - Gowbarrow Fell - Great Meldrum - The Hause
 

26th March 2006
  Water, water everywhere on Gowbarrow 3.1 mile 1089 ft
A5091 (Park Brow) - High Force - Gowbarrow Fell - High Force - A5091 (Park Brow)
 

3rd October 2005
  Little Mell Fell and Gowbarrow from The Hause. 5.2 mile 1624 ft
The Hause - Little Mell Fell - Underwood - Swinburn's Park - Gowbarrow Fell - Great Meldrum - The Hause
 

17th April 2005
  Aira Force and Gowbarrow Fell. 3.5 mile 1339 ft
A5091 (Park Brow) - High Force - Gowbarrow Fell - Green Hill - Aira Force - High Force - A5091 (Park Brow)
 

26th September 2004
  Gowbarrow and Aira Force. 3.3 mile 1204 ft
Aira Beck - Hind Crag - Bernhard Pike - Green Hill - Gowbarrow Park - Gowbarrow Fell - Aira Beck - High Force - Aira Force
 



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Lake District Walks