26th September 2004

Gowbarrow and Aira Force.


Walk Overview
Time 10.45 to 13.30
Duration 2 hr 45 min
Distance 3.3 mile
Ascent 1204 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Aira Beck - Hind Crag - Bernhard Pike - Green Hill - Gowbarrow Park - Gowbarrow Fell - Aira Beck - High Force - Aira Force
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

Ullswater looking towards Glenridding with some of the higher Eastern fells under cloud.
Rain was forecast for later in the day and all the higher fells were under cloud, so we decided to take a short walk from Aira Force to Gowbarrow.

From just above Green Hill. the fells on the far side of Ullswater are Arthur's Pike and the edge of Bonscale Pike.

Gowbarrow Park.
The walk across to Gowbarrow Fell summit has a great feel of remoteness about it. Even though it's only about 45 min to walk from Aira Force which is usually busy all year round.

Gowbarrow Park again.

Gowbarrow Fell summit.

Our route off the fell follows this dry stone wall almost back down to Aira Beck. The small village in the picture is Dockray.

This looks like the best way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
The path back to Aira Force is clearly signposted from here.

One of the small bridges that cross the beck near the waterfalls.

Aira Beck between High Force and Aira Force.

Aira Force.
This is best visited after a couple of weeks of heavy rain. In those conditions the waterfalls are spectacular, but the noise is quite overpowering.

There was so much spray being thrown up by the waterfalls it was almost impossible to keep the camera lens clear.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks