12th October 2013

Causey Pike, Scar Crags, Outerside and Barrow


Walk Overview
Time 9:40am to 1:20pm
Duration 3 hr 40 min
Distance 6.3 mile
Ascent 2500 ft
Walking with Andrew Leaney
Newlands Valley road - Stonycroft Gill - Rowling End - Sleet Hause - Causey Pike - Scar Crags - High Moss - Outerside - Low Moss - Stile End - Barrow Door - Barrow - Barrow north ridge - Newlands Valley road
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Newlands Valley

Newlands is my favourite of all the Lakeland valleys and this car park offers easy access to the very heart of the place. For those with a preference for higher places, Causey Pike and Barrow are both within easy reach of the car park.

Parking is free.


Route Map

I took this picture looking over Uzzicar to Cat Bells as I waited for Andrew to arrive. Little did I know that due to a slight misunderstanding / lack of detail in our meeting arrangements, he was already parked further up the road waiting for me to turn up. The agreed time came and went and then I thought to myself "I wonder if he's parked at, , , , , " and he was.

Sunshine on Swinside.

Looking up to Causey Pike's summit. You have two choices here, one is to carry on walking up to Sleet Hause and the other, as we did, is to turn off to the left and head up Rowling End.

There wasn't much sunshine on offer today but what we did see was really nice as it contrasted with the much darker surroundings. Here you have Swinside (the fell and the hamlet) lit up by the sunshine with Skiddaw and Blencathra both topped with cloud..

A wider view shows the Keswick area and the bottom half of the Skiddaw fells enjoying the morning sun.

Zooming in a little bit on the Vale of Keswick. Dodd can be seen on the left of the picture.

A view over the head of Newlands Valley showed Robinson, Hindscarth and Dale Head all topped with cloud. High Spy, on the left remains cloud free.

Ard Crags.

Just below Causey Pike summit and looking across to Bassenthwaite Lake and the Skiddaw fells. The darker fell below us is Barrow; we'll be up there later in the walk.

Looking ahead to Scar Crags.


Ah, , , I seem to have included two almost identical pictures. I could have left one off, but I thought I'd be generous and give you a buy one get one free offer today.

A close up of Scar Crags.

A view back to Causey Pike.

and again, from Scar Crags summit.

A close up of Whiteside and Coledale Hause.
You'd think I would know by now but every time I include Whiteside (that one) or White Side (near Helvellyn), I have to check I'm typing the correct one.

I actually have a lot I'd like to say about this but on this occasion I have No Comment !

Following the path down to High Moss and Outerside.

A view back from the walk up Outerside. The low point on the skyline is Coledale Hause.

A close up of the Stonycroft Gill route.

We're on Stile End now and over there are Causey Pike and Scar Crags.

Looking around a bit and Outerside comes into view.

A close up of of the sunshine on Latrigg.

Time to head off the fell now and down the north ridge on Barrow we go.

Looking back up Barrow.

Braithwaite and Bassenthwaite Lake.

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Lake District Walks