2nd March 2010

A quick walk up Gowbarrow Fell because I was passing the area


Walk Overview
Time 15.15 to 16.50
Duration 1 hr 35 min
Distance 3.3 mile
Ascent 1100 ft
Walking with On my own
Aira Force car park - Green Hill - Gowbarrow Fell - High Force - Aira Force - Aira Force car park
Fells visited
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Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Aira Force

The size of this car park reflects the popularity of the nearby Aira Force waterfalls. Don't forget though, there is more to see in this area then just the waterfalls. For example Gowbarrow Fell which is within easy reach of this car park.

There is a tea room next to the car park, but there is a charge to park here.


Route Map

I only had time for a quick walk today while I was heading back into the Lakes after a day in the north east. As time was running out, the obvious thing was to choose somewhere as soon as possible after getting back into the area. On this occasion it turned out to be Gowbarrow Fell and Aira Force which are always good to visit, although I have to admit they're best viewed at a more leisurely pace. Never mind, it was still good to grab some fresh air, and this fell does fit the bill if it's just a quick dash around you're after when time is limited.

Crossing Aira Beck.

Not long after setting out I was in the open and beginning to gain height on the southern end of the fell.

A little higher up and looking in almost the same direction as he previous picture. On the opposite side of Ullswater you have Sandwick, Hallin Fell, Steel Knotts and the Loadpot Hill ridge.

A view down towards the Glenridding end of Ullswater.

Approaching Gowbarrow Fell summit.


Gowbarrow Fell summit between Great Mell Fell and Little Mell Fell.

Still standing at the summit and looking to the far eastern fells on the opposite side of Ullswater.

, , , and no sooner had I left the summit than I was down here and ready to head into the woods around Aira Force.


Just one of a collection of bridges across Aira Beck. This one is found quite high up between Aira Force and High Force.

Walking down to Aira Force.

The top bridge above the Aira Force waterfall.

It's not very often you see this place deserted like this.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks