26th March 2006

Water, water everywhere on Gowbarrow


Walk Overview
Time 11.20 to 13.00
Duration 1 hr 40 min
Distance 3.1 mile
Ascent 1089 ft
Walking with On my own
A5091 (Park Brow) - High Force - Gowbarrow Fell - High Force - A5091 (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

From High Force I followed the path out into the open countryside to this point where I turned right and headed up to Gowbarrow Fell summit.

The sign seen on the previous picture (in front of the wall).

And looking in the direction of Gowbarrow, from the sign.

Ullswater and a band of rain moving in. Taken from the path up to Gowbarrow Fell.

Taken from almost the same place with the little hamlet of Dockray in the middle of the photo.

Gowbarrow summit, just as it started raining.

It was even more wet under foot around here today than usual. It looks quite boggy, but the wet sections aren't very deep, in fact it's easier to walk straight through than try to avoid the water by tramping across the heather.
Gowbarrow summit can just be seen sticking up near the centre of the picture.

The rain had stopped by the time I reached the path back to High Force and I got this brief view of Place Fell.

Aira Beck and the woods below High Force.

And again from the other side of the beck.

High Force. You actually get a much better view of the waterfalls from a little lower down the path, but the trees and the dark conditions made it difficult to get a decent picture.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks