20th May 2008

An evening walk up Barrow


Walk Overview
Time 17.40 to 19.30
Duration 1 hr 50 min
Distance 4.4 mile
Ascent 1300 ft
Walking with On my own
Braithwaite - Barrow - Barrow Door - Stoneycroft Gill - Newlands Valley Road - Braithwaite
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Braithwaite Village

The best option are the half dozen or so spaces outside the school. Other than that, it's a case of finding a space in the centre of the village.


Route Map

There wasn't much sunshine about this evening, but it was still quite warm as I was leaving Braithwaite for a short walk up Barrow.

The Skiddaw fells seen here behind Braithwaite.

Gaining access to the fell from Braithwaite is an easy affair, with a ten minute walk being more than enough to take you from the village centre to the bottom of the grassy ridge. At the end of this lane, which is signed as "not being a dogs toilet", take the path to the right of the farm house, through two gates and you're there.

Looking back down to Braithwaite, with Bassenthwaite Lake and Binsey in the background.

A view down into Newlands Valley, clearly showing where the green of the fields end and the brown of the Bracken begins. Before too much longer however, the new growth of Bracken will have extended the green look of the valley to a much greater height up the fellside.

And looking further around to the left you see Keswick, Portinscale and a glimpse of Derwent Water. Not forgetting the fells of course, where you have Latrigg, Blencathra, Great Mell Fell, Clough Head, Great Dodd and Walla Crag.


At less than 1500 ft in height, Barrow still manages to offer some fantastic views. In fact I'd go so far as to say that most of the fells with a modest height such as this, actually have a more pleasing view than many of the "big ones".


Apart from those I passed in Braithwaite itself, the only other people I saw on the walk were these three cyclists on the top of Barrow. All of us, we put it, were out for a quick evening jaunt after work. I'll bet it didn't take them as long to get down as it had taken me to get up!

After leaving the summit I walked down to Barrow Door and then decided to head left to Stoneycroft Gill, rather than the straight forward route back into Braithwaite. Had it been an evening of blue sky and sunshine I'd have taken the other route, just to stay in the sunshine, but seen as though it was a bit overcast anyway, the walk back through Newlands would do just as well.

Heading down the track next to or rather just above Stoneycroft Gill.

A close up of Cat Bell behind the path up Rowling End.

The Stoneycroft Gill path does a loop around the bottom of Barrow to bring you down to the Newlands Valley, where a nice walk along the road takes you back to the village. Of course this is best enjoyed at this time of day or even first thing in the morning when traffic is a a minimum.

On the opposite side of the valley is Skelgill; a picturesque collection of farms and houses.


A close up of Bleaberry Fell.

Sunshine and colours in Braithwaite.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks