30th December 2012

Gowbarrow Fell and Aira Force


Walk Overview
Time 10.10 to 13.05
Duration 2 hr 55 min
Distance 4.5 mile
Ascent 1100 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Parkgate Brow - High Force - Gowbarrow Fell - Shooting Lodge - Memorial Seat - Aira Force - High Force - Parkgate 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

Place Fell, seen from the VERY wet and muddy field below the car park. Perhaps one of the lower car parks would have been a better option today.

Given the amount of rain we've had I thought it a good idea to go somewhere with a few waterfalls to see. This one is found only a couple of minutes from the car and although Aira Force isn't too far downstream from here, we didn't visit until the end of the walk after we'd walked over and then around Gowbarrow.


Information for the public and requests made to the public.

Just after taking this picture a band of snow worked it's way across the area. Considering the forecast had been for frequent heavy showers, we did well to complete the rest of the walk in the dry.

Stybarrow Dodd, Great Dodd and Clough Head seen above Dockray.

Approaching Gowbarrow Fell summit.

and the summit itself; in front of Little Mell Fell.

Great Meldrum and Little Mell Fell, taken shortly after leaving the summit.

Just about to pass the old shooting lodge, and given how windy it was everywhere else, we must have been well sheltered on this side of the fell with hardly a breath of wind at all.

Looking across Ullswater to Hallin Fell, Stone Arthur, Bonscale Pike and Loadpot Hill.

Wintry Lakeland.

Lyulph's Tower and a short section of Ullswater. I wonder if you can still get seasick on a lake.

Looking towards the Glenridding end of Ullswater.

Aira Force was in fine fettle today, but don't stand here for too long. There was that much spray blowing across we were getting soaked.

Closed, due to a land slip.

It was very busy around the waterfalls today. If you want to see a waterfall you may as well come after heavy rain, , , , that's almost everyday since June this year !!!

Close enough to the edge.

Not far to the car now and between us and it was "the field". At least mud washes off and the boots dry out after a night in a warm room.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks