25th December 2008

Christmas morning on Barrow and Outerside


Walk Overview
Time 08.55 to 12.25
Duration 3 hr 30 min
Distance 5 mile
Ascent 1800 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Braithwaite - Braithwaite Lodge - Barrow - Barrow Door - High Moss - Outerside - Low Moss - Stile End - High Coledale - 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

Christmas morning in Braithwaite and the only sound breaking the total silence was that of the church bell heralding in the day.


Looking back down to Braithwaite from the track up to Braithwaite Lodge.

Braithwaite, Bassenthwaite Lake, the Skiddaw fells and Binsey in the distance.

The Vale of Keswick with the northern fells on the left hand side of the picture, Portinscale, Keswick and Derwent Water in the valley and Great Mell Fell & Clough Head on the right.

The view down to Newlands Valley.

Barrow summit in front of Bassenthwaite Lake and Binsey.

Leaving Barrow and heading for, , , well, when I took this picture I didn't actually know where we'd be heading. As seen as though this was Jennifer's choice of walk I just let her decide on the route and I simply went where I was told. As it turned out, we ended up on the path you can see next to Stonycroft Gill, round the back and over Outerside (the pointed fell in the middle of the picture) and onto Stile End (the lower fell on the right).

The sheepfold on the Stonycroft Gill side of Low Moss.

Looking back across to Barrow, with the central and eastern fells in the background.

Sail, Crag Hill, Coledale Hause and in the bottom left of the picture is Force Crag Mine.

Despite the cloud starting to build up on the higher fells, the day was starting to brighten up a little. It really was far from cold though.


A very brief spell of sunshine as we walk through Low Moss.

Looking back to Outerside.

Heading down the ridge from Stile End to High Coledale.

Well, it is Christmas Day isn't it.

Back in Braithwaite and starting to think about the Christmas dinner that was waiting for us back at home.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks