18th June 2013

A short evening walk on Barrow


Walk Overview
Time 4.50 to 6.30pm
Duration 1 hr 40 min
Distance 3.3 mile
Ascent 1200 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Braithwaite - Braithwaite - Lodge Barrow - Barrow Door - High 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

There was no particular reason why we came here, but somehow we ended up in Braithwaite for a walk this evening. As soon as we got in the car we started the "where should go for a walk" conversation and as I say, somehow we ended up here. This is a great little walk over Barrow and just right for a summer evening.

The Skiddaw fells behind Braithwaite.

Heading up to Braithwaite Lodge, and, , , ,

, , , walking through the farmyard.
Through the gate, turn left and then follow the path that runs up the skyline as seen from here.

Braithwaite Lodge and Braithwaite.

and again, this time from a little higher up the fellside. In the distance you can see Bassenthwaite and Binsey through the haze.

Newlands Valley looking very green and summery, Portinscale and Keswick looking a little fuzzy, the fells looking very hazy and everything beyond that isn't visible at all.

Looking down to Newlands Valley and across to Cat Bells / Maiden Moor.

Turning around to the left and you can see more of Derwent Water and some of Keswick. Behind Derwent Water are Walla Crag, Bleaberry Fell and High Seat. Behind those are the eastern fells from Clough Head to Helvellyn.

It was warm work making our way up here this evening; just as you'd hope it to be at this time of year.

A close up of Cat Bells.

and a close up of Swinside.

Barrow summit.

Cotton Grass.

This picture isn't as close up as the close up of Cat Bells but it still looks very clear, despite the haze in the distance.

A view back across to Barrow summit.

Now for the return journey back to Braithwaite.

Looking back up the narrow path along the side of Stile End. The rounded fell you can just see up there is Causey Pike.

This is the spooky looking ruins at High Coledale. I've been over the gate and looked around the ruins in the past but the prospect of a ghostly encounter isn't the real problem, , , it's the nettles. The place is full of them. If you turn up wearing shorts, I'd suggest you give it a miss.

Heading down to Braithwaite.

I reckon this marks the spot where you leave the fell and re-enter the world of civilisation. The two fells you can see up there are Barrow (left) and Causey Pike (not on the left).

A view over Braithwaite's rooftops to Skiddaw, Skiddaw Little Man, Lonscale Fell, Latrigg and Blease Fell.

Braithwaite stores. It's nice to see a small village managing to hold onto it's shop like this.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks