12th December 2010

These feet were made for walking - a big milestone near Aira Force


Walk Overview
Time 09.15 to 13.15
Duration 4 hr
Distance 7.8 mile
Ascent 2100 ft
Walking with On my own
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
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Aira Force, Parkgate Farm

This is what I always call the top Aira Force car park and for no particular reason this is the one I prefer to set out from. This is the car park where you're most likely to get a parking space during the busier times of year.

Parking is free.


Route Map

One of the bridges crossing Aira Beck. From the car park I used today this is the first available bridge to get me onto the Gowbarrow Fell side of the beck.

It was difficult to decide what the weather was going to do today. At least for the time being I had some sunshine to enjoy.

This view down to Dockray showing the frost covered fields.

Sadly the sunshine didn't last very long for me, unlike anyone walking on Skiddaw Little Man. I wonder if anyone on there is looking across here and feeling pleased with their choice of route today.

Gowbarrow Fell summit.

Looking back to the summit from the stile leading onto Great Meldrum.
I hope no one was watching me. The top of the stile wasn't half slippery and the crossing wasn't quite as elegant as I'd have liked it to be.

Looking towards Little Mell Fell as I head across no mans land.

You'd have to be pretty useless to loose your way along this bit.

Looking back to Gowbarrow Fell (the dark one above the trees). In the distance is Clough Head and the Dodds.

If you walk past this sign you've gone too far.

A close up of Watermillock Church.

Heading into the woods at Swinburn's Park.

and walking through them.

It's a good job I don't mind being on my own.

Back in the open now at the ruin of the old shooting lodge. Despite the three and a bit mile de-tour I took, I'm not really that far from Gowbarrow Fell summit here.

A view across Ullswater, Hallin Fell and Steel Knotts to the far eastern ridge.

A sort of close up picture of the Sandwick area of Ullswater.


It's hardly surprising there aren't crowds of people standing outside today.

Lyulph's Tower.

It's not very often you have this place to yourself

Aira Force.

Heading up the side of Aira Beck.

It was somewhere around here that these feet clocked up 1,000 miles of walking in the Lake District this year. And although I hadn't set out to do this, I was still feeling pleased with myself. It was sometime in November that I realised I was quite close so I've been keeping an eye on things for a few weeks now; hence the couple of long walks I've thrown in to the pot recently.

And how did I celebrate walking 1,000 miles, , , with a long soak in the bath to soothe my weary bones.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks