20th June 2015

A short walk over Barrow

Time 3:30 to 5:15pm
Duration 1 hr 45 min
Distance 4.3 mile
Ascent 1200 ft
Walking with On my own
Braithwaite - Braithwaite Lodge - Barrow - Barrow Door - Stonycroft Gill - Newlands Valley road - Braithwaite Lodge - 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


With a mixture of drizzly rain, rain with big drops, brief showers and longer spells of rain being forecast I decided to sit out the morning and most of the afternoon at home. When I did eventually get out I ended up setting off from Portinscale for a short walk over Barrow.

Approaching Braithwaite Lodge.

Behind Braithwaite Lodge and I pause to take this picture of the cloud topped Skiddaw fells.

Looking up the ridge path on Barrow.

On the left hand side of the route you get this great view of Newlands Valley and Derwent Water with the central & eastern fells beyond.

Looking back down the ridge. Braithwaite on the left and Portinscale & Keswick on the right.

A close up of Bassenthwaite.

It seems to be brightening up a bit as I look down to Newlands and Derwent Water.

Barrow summit was a busy place this afternoon. 'twas quite windy as well, as the lady with the ponytail demonstrates.

Here's a Barrow Door view of the Skiddaw fells, a small section of Bassenthwaite Lake and Binsey in the distance.

Today, I opted for the Stonycroft Gill route down from Barrow.


I'm not far from the valley road now and the most memorable thing about walking down here was the hot sunshine on the side of my face.

Stonycroft in front of Cat Bells.

And before the Newlands disappears from view, I take this picture looking through the valley to Cat Bells and Maiden Moor.

The shortcut from the road to Braithwaite Lodge takes you through a field of bracken. Give it another month and this stuff will be around shoulder height.

Here's another picture looking over Braithwaite to the Skiddaw fells. Yes, it was much sunnier and much warmer than it was when I set off.


David Hall -
Lake District Walks