25th March 2006

Make it up as you go along on four fells above Braithwaite.


Walk Overview
Time 10.00 to 14.00
Duration 4 hr
Distance 7.3 mile
Ascent 2864 ft
Walking with On my own
Braithwaite - Barrow - Stile End - Outerside - High Moss - Scar Crags - Causey Pike - High Moss - Barrow Door - 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

From the bottom of the path up Barrow, looking down to Braithwaite.
I had no plans on where to walk today so I left home and started to walk up the first fell that caught my eye. It turned out to be a "make it up as I went along" walk, but very enjoyable.

Cat Bells on the left, Maiden Moor under cloud and Rowling End.

Cat Bells and a ray of sunshine on Newlands Valley, from a little higher up the path.

Outerside and Stile End taken just after I left Barrow summit.

Looking back along the route from Stile End and Barrow.

Looking in the same direction as the previous photo from nearer Outerside summit.
The pointed fell in the far distance is Great Mell Fell with Clough Head to its right.

When I reached High Moss it was make your mind up time or rather make my mind up time. I thought about walking down the track into Newlands Valley and returning to Braithwaite by following the paths alongside Newlands Beck, but Causey Pike was just a little too close to miss out. In the end I decided to walk up to the Causey Pike / Scar Crags ridge along a short section of fellside I'd never been on before. It does makes the route look untidy, but it's always nice to take a new route up to one of the fell tops; even if it was only a little section of fellside like this.

The Causey Pike / Scar Crags ridge, looking in the direction of Causey Pike.

Derwent Water and Keswick from Causey Pike summit.

Keswick and the Skiddaw fells under cloud taken from just below Causey Pike summit. The pointed fell on the left is Barrow.

Back on the track below Outerside again. The route I took followed the first narrow path running off to the left, past the sheepfold and round to Barrow Door.

A bit more sunshine along the path from Barrow Door to Braithwaite.

Skiddaw Little Man, Lonscale Fell, Blease Fell and Latrigg. Great Mell Fell can be seen again on the right of the photo.

From Braithwaite looking over to Blease Fell, Latrigg, Great Mell Fell (again) Clough Head and Great Dodd.

Coledale Beck in Braithwaite. Almost the end of a really enjoyable walk, which just proves a totally unplanned, make it up as you go along walk like this can be just as good as the walks you spend days working out.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks