11th December 2011

Barrow and Coledale


Walk Overview
Time 10.30 to 14.00
Duration 3 hr 30 min
Distance 6.1 mile
Ascent 1800 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Braithwaite - Braithwaite Lodge - Barrow - Barrow Door - High Moss - Birkthwaite Beck - Coledale - 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

Braithwaite Village Store. Open on a dull Sunday in December? I can only assume they must have guessed we were coming here today and Jennifer would go in and do her bit to support the local economy.

Braithwaite and the Skiddaw fells.

Heading up the lane from Braithwaite to Braithwaite Lodge.

Just above Braithwaite Lodge and looking across to Grisedale Pike. The walk up Grisedale Pike feels steeper than this picture makes it look.

Taken from just about the same place as the previous photo, this one shows Jenkin Hill, Latrigg and Blease Fell on the left, Keswick and Portinscale in the centre and Clough Head and the Dodds on the right. The little pointed fell in the far distance is Great Mell Fell.

A close up of Clough Head and the Dodds showing some interesting cloud formations.

Jennifer approaching Barrow summit.
Jennifer continues to hobble along with a sore foot, but still manages to get out and about, albeit on shorter easier walks and not quite as often as she'd like. Hopefully it'll be sorted out in the new year.

Barrow summit and looking towards Causey Pike, Scar Crags, Sail, Outerside and part of Grisedale Pike.

, , , , and now the rest of Grisedale Pike.

Barrow summit.

Traversing the side of Stile End to reach the Stonycroft Gill path which would take us up to High Moss.

That's the path we're heading for.

A view back down the Stoneycroft Gill track.

A view across ( up ) to Coledale Hause.

Birkthwaite Beck.

Wintry Crag Hill.

Once we reached the main path up to Coledale Hause we turned left and made our way down to Coledale Beck where we faced 'the stepping stones'.

Force Crag Mine.

Coledale Beck wasn't exactly in spate, but it was still in fine fettle today. And although there was no way we weren't going to get across here, there was still a bit of a performance getting the two of us over the stepping stones. I went first using two poles, I then threw one back across for Jennifer to use with her own. Jennifer got halfway over and then decided I had to go back and give her a hand. We both got across reasonably dry, but I'm glad no one was watching.

Looking back through Coledale to see a band of rain catching up with us.


Back in Braithwaite and passing the bridge over Coledale Beck. The road on the right hand side is the bottom of Whinlatter Pass.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks