4th February 2007

Cloud inversions from Causey Pike to Barrow


Walk Overview
Time 09.50 to 14.20
Duration 4 hr 30 min
Distance 6 mile
Ascent 2660 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Newlands Valley - Stoneycroft - Rowling End - Causey Pike - Scar Crags - High Moss - Outerside - Stile End - Barrow - Newlands Valley
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

Conditions were just about right for cloud inversions today; very cold and cloud down to valley level. Hopeful that we wouldn't have to walk too long before breaking through the top of of the cloud we set off in freezing conditions. As it turned out we only needed to walk for about thirty minutes or so before this view into Stoneycroft Gill opened up.

Looking behind us towards Blencathra (left) and Clough Head / Great Dodd (right) the cloud was filling all the valleys and almost gave the impression that we could step off the side of the fell and walk out. It's a pity the conditions weren't a little brighter, but I'm still not complaining.


A close up picture of Skelgill Bank (the bit below Cat Bells), the Walla Crag end of the Central ridge and Great Dodd / Watson's Dodd at the back of the photo.

Clouds rolling against the Newlands Valley side of Barrow.

The hamlet of Little Town. All the time we were gaining height on Rowling End the cloud was gradually receding from Newlands to reveal more of the valley itself.

The view across to Stoneycroft Gill, Outerside and Grisedale Pike.

And looking eastwards again.

Mist breaking up around the Birkrigg area of Newlands Valley.

Looking up to the unmistakable summit of Causey Pike.

Blencathra with the top of Latrigg in the foreground and now free from cloud.

And the views just kept getting better. This one looking over Barrow towards the Skiddaw fells.

Looking in the direction of Whinlatter Forest and out towards the west coast. The fell just visible in the centre of the picture is Binsey.


Lonscale Fell, Blencathra and Latrigg seen from the start of the steep rocky section below Causey Pike summit.

The view back along the ridge towards Causey Pike. The smaller fell to the left of the ridge is Barrow; our final summit of the walk.

Cat Bells with Bleaberry Fell and High Seat behind, all of which look quite small with the eastern ridge towering above them in the background.

Leaving Outeraide in glorious sunshine, but a very cool breeze. The two fells below us are Stile End and Barrow.

A close up of some of the fields near Braithwaite.

The final up hill of the walk, heading to Barrow summit.

Long shadows on the route we followed after leaving Barrow summit.

By the time we were half way down the ridge the higher cloud had quickly moved in from the West and the valleys were almost clear. A thoroughly enjoyable day on the fells !

David Hall -
Lake District Walks