17th February 2007

Gowbarrow Fell and some lovely countryside on a warm sunny day


Walk Overview
Time 09.30 to 14.30
Duration 5 hr
Distance 8.3 mile
Ascent 2250 ft
Walking with Jennifer
The Hause - Swinburn's Park - Memorial Seat - Green Hill - Gowbarrow Fell - Ulcat Row - The Hause
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside, The Hause (Little Mell Fell)

More often than not, The Hause is used as a point for quick access to Little Mell Fell. And although I've done this myself on many occasions, there are actually a decent selection of walk that could be done from here. There aren't many spaces, but you'll rarely have a problem getting parked here.


Route Map

Walking along the path between the Watermillock road and Swinburn's Park.

Looking back to Watermillock church. We were all surprised at just how warm it was this morning, I know we weren't very high up and there was almost no wind, but it really did feel warmer than it should at this time of year.

Some nice light as we were heading through the woodland in Swinburn's Park.

After leaving the woods we crossed Kirkstyle Gill, climbed over the stile and then walked past these ruins of an old hunting lodge, before continuing along the lovely path which traverses the Ullswater side of Gowbarrow.

Two pictures looking back along the path.


Over a stile and not more than a couple of yards from the main path you get this superb viewpoint from the top of Yew Crag; looking down Ullswater towards Heughscar Hill in the distance and Arthur's Pike / Bonscale Pike on the opposite side of the lake.

And from the same place looking down the opposite end of the lake towards some of the higher Eastern Fells.

A close up of the headland (Aira Point) seen in the previous picture.

The view across to the Dockray road taken from the bottom section of the climb up to Gowbarrow.

There was a build up of cloud while we were walking towards Gowbarrow Fell summit, but even this didn't do great deal to lower the temperature on what was yet another unseasonably warm day. This picture shows Hallin Fell and Steel Knotts on the opposite side of the lake and the Loadpot Hill section of the Far Eastern ridge on the skyline.

The final rocky climb to Gowbarrow summit is made just to the left of this picture. Jennifer (in blue) is standing next to the summit trig point on the left of the picture. The fell in the background is Little Mell Fell.

"I don't know why they have to make these things so high; how am I supposed to make the tea while I'm standing on tip toes"

Looking back up towards Gowbarrow Fell. The wall running up hill continues past the trees and eventually passes within a couple of minutes walk from the actual summit.

And turning around to take a picture of Millses.

I was pleased the sunshine was back for the rest of the walk. The section of path from here, under Norman Crag and as far as Ulcat Row makes a lovely walk through some fine countryside; a real treat to see it while it was looking it's best.

Cottages at Ulcat Row. This is the point where the footpath joins the road.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks