20th January 2013

Causey Pike, Scar Crags, Outerside and Barrow


Walk Overview
Time 09.30 to 14.00
Duration 4 hr 30 min
Distance 7.3 mile
Ascent 2300 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Newlands Valley road - Stonycroft Gill - High Moss - Causey Pike - Scar Crags - High Moss - Outerside - Low Moss - Stile End - Barrow Door - Barrow - Barrow north ridge - Newlands Valley road
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Newlands Valley

Newlands is my favourite of all the Lakeland valleys and this car park offers easy access to the very heart of the place. For those with a preference for higher places, Causey Pike and Barrow are both within easy reach of the car park.

Parking is free.


Route Map

Stonycroft sits just below us as we begin to ascend the path alongside Stonycroft Gill. Over on the other side of Newlands Valley is Cat Bells.

This picture also shows Stonycroft only this time we're looking out of Newlands Valley instead of into it. The Skiddaw fells are taking up the left hand side of the background and in the distance you can see Blencathra.

Stile End and Barrow taken from high up on the Stonycroft Gill path.

Zooming in on Clough Head (and Derwent Water).

Now we've left the main track to start walking up the side of Causey Pike.

As I said "up the side of Causey Pike". This path offers an alternative to the direct route up the craggy front of Causey Pike. It may be a little further but if for some reason you want to avoid the short scramble below the summit then this is the best option.

Causey Pike summit with a view towards Derwent Water, Blencathra, Clough Head, the Dodds and a little closer are Walla Crag, Bleaberry Fell, High Seat and Cat Bells.

Cloud in the sky, snow on the ground and everything looking darker than it actually is. At least Jennifer's has adds a bit of colour to the scene.

Scar Crags summit. High Stile, Red Pike and a sunlit Starling Dodd are in the background (left). Straight ahead is Sail with its ridicules and much hated path.

Looking back to Causey Pike.

A view across to the northern fells with top of Skiddaw just and so in the cloud.

Whiteside, Hopegill Head and Grisedale Pike taken from the walk across the top section of Scar Crags.

God knows how many times I've walked up Whiteside (the one over there) and White Side (the one near Helvellyn) yet I can never remember which one has the 'space'.

A view down the path to High Moss and Outerside. It may not look like it with all this snow about but there is a decent enough path down here.

Now looking back up.

A view over High Moss to Sail and Crag Hill.

Standing on Outerside summit, looking across to Causey Pike and wondering if that snow falling over Derwent Water would find its way across here. As it turned out we were just clipped by the edge of the snow fall, but the wind didn't half get up and the temperature took a nosedive as we descended from Outerside. It's a heck of a long time since I've felt it that cold, and this is someone with 50% antifreeze running through my veins talking. I had to admit defeat on today's walk and put a hat on.

Adding scale and adding colour (again).

Causey Pike and Scar Crags seen from Stile End.

That's Outerside dominating the centre of this picture.
The path you can see snaking up from the bottom left of the picture and around the side of Outerside is the one we walked on at the start of the walk.

Barrow Summit.

From here we could see a big chunk of the route we'd just walked. Causey Pike up on the left, Scar Crags a little further on from that and the dark looking fell towards the right of the picture is Outerside.

Heading down Barrow's north ridge and strangely, the lower we got the stronger the wind became.

At the bottom of Barrow now and rather than turn left and walking into Braithwaite, we needed to turn right to follow the short bath down to the Newlands Valley road and the car.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks