8th May 2011

Battered by the weather on Barrow and Outerside


Walk Overview
Time 10.15 to 13.45
Duration 3 hr 30 min
Distance 6.3 mile
Ascent 2000 ft
Walking with Neil Haslewood
Braithwaite - Braithwaite Lodge - Barrow - Barrow Door - Outerside - High Moss - Stonycroft Gill - Newlands Valley Road - 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

I have to admit the blue sky and warm sunshine had us lulled into a false sense of optimism when we set off walking. It was short lived though. By the end of the walk we'd been battered by the wind, walked through one heavy shower after another and stood with our backs to the worst rain I've been in for years.
Never mind, by the time we got back to the car it was clearing up and by the time I was half way home there wasn't a cloud in the sky. The thought for today is, , , , "you can't win them all".

The bottom of this fell is easily gained from the village, and as soon as you leave the pastures and begin walking on the open fell you get this view of Braithwaite and part of Bassenthwaite Lake.

Grisedale Pike seen from just about the same place as the previous picture.

Well we didn't get far before the waterproofs needed to come out of the bags.

When the rain is this heavy and the wind is battering you, all you can do is stand with your back to it and secretly ask it to stop soon, , , , very soon.

The sunshine on Cat Bells was certainly picturesque, but sadly it was all too short lived. And while the good folk over there must have been filled with some hope of a quick improvement, on this occasion they were to be totally let down. No sooner had the rain stopped then it started again, each time seeming to be heavier and wetter than before.

The bottom half of the northern fells, taken from Stile End.

The walk today was made up of short sections added on to the previous one, and each of those preceded with "lets see what it's like when we get that far". Well, the top of Outerside was far enough and it was there that we (wrongly) thought the day wasn't going to improve after all. So we headed down to the track you can see running through the right hand side of the picture.

This track above Stonycroft Gill takes you all the way down to the road in Newlands Valley.


A view across Newlands to Derwent Water, Walla Crag, Clough Head and Great Dodd.

You've got to be joking. Up there was a long awaited patch of blue sky.

A view back through the valley with Cat Bells and Maiden Moor separating this valley from Borrowdale.

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Lake District Walks