1st June 2009

An evening walk on Barrow


Walk Overview
Time 17.40 to 20.00
Duration 2 hr 20 min
Distance 3.3 mile
Ascent 1220 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Braithwaite - High Coledale - Barrow Door - Barrow - Braithwaite Lodge - 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

It was such a gorgeous evening to be out and about that we drove around to Braithwaite for walk onto Barrow. A great little fell with lots of different options for routes, and just right for an unhurried walk in very hot conditions.

The rooftops of Braithwaite in front of the northern fells.

Heading onto the open fellside above Braithwaite with Barrow summit (the highest point straight above Jennifer) and the distinctive knobbly summit of Causey Pike in the distance.


Looking towards Causey Pike (left), Stile End (centre) and Outerside (right). Our route took us through the shaded side of Stile End where we then turned left and walked up the skyline leading out of the picture.


Almost at Barrow's summit and enjoying a nice gentle breeze.

And then, on the final moments before reaching the summit, Derwent Water and Keswick come into view. This is definitely one of the nicest "surprise" views in the Lake District. It's almost a shame I knew it would be there.

Looking a little further round to the right, the view stretches over Bleaberry Fell and High Seat to the eastern ridge.

A seemingly flattish Cat Bells seen above the green fields of Newlands Valley.

A close up of Cat Bells summit.

A close up picture looking between High Spy and Dale Head to Allan Crags, Esk Pike and Great End.

The lovely little village of Stair.

On the way back down, with unbroken views across to the northern fells, Keswick and Derwent Water.


Cat Bells seen from the slight dip in an otherwise steady decline.

From the bottom of the ridge looking across to Portinscale, Keswick, Lonscale Fell, Latrigg, Great Mell Fell, Clough Head and Great Dodd.

By the time we reached the gate above Braithwaite Lodge the sun was lowering, the shadows were lengthening and the temperature was beginning to resemble something you'd normally expect at this time of day.

Braithwaite Lodge seen from the otherside of the gate.

And the farmyard at Braithwaite Lodge.

Looking back up the lonning to Braithwaite Lodge.


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Lake District Walks