19th December 2015

Barrow but not Outerside for me

Time 10am to 13:45 pm
Duration 3 hr 45 min
Distance 6.2 mile
Ascent 1800 ft
Walking with Paul Sharkey
Braithwaite - Braithwaite Lodge - Barrow - Barrow Door - High Moss - Stonycroft Gill - Road back to 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.


Weather Readings

The Gadget
All readings were taken using a Kestrel 2000 Weather Meter
Live temperature recorded at the time I press the hold key
Maximum Wind Speed Maximum wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location Average Wind Speed
Average wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location
Wind Chill
Combination of wind speed and temperature. The gadget does the calculations not me.

Route Map


We could hear the wind howling overhead and feel it gusting through the village as we got ready to set off this morning. And, even though we knew we were in for a battering from mother nature, it still felt good to be getting out for a walk.

Debris and water channels seen in front of Braithwaite Lodge.

Looking back over Braithwaite and Bassenthwaite. Even at this height the wind was gusting strongly enough to occasionally stop us dead in our tracks.

There goes one of the heavy showers. We'd just had a soaking and now it was the turn of anyone walking over Latrigg.


From the top of Barrow we look across to Outerside and hatch a plan that would involve Paul walking over the top and me walking around the side so we could meet up somewhere around High Moss. I've been struggling with a sore throat, cold, bug thing and at this point I felt like I'd walked 10 hard mines instead of a couple of easy miles. I saw no reason to make myself any worse by walking over Outerside as well.

Here you have Barrow summit in front of Derwent Water and Keswick.

While Paul stuck to the higher ground aiming for Outerside, I settled for a slow walk up the Stonycroft Gill path.

OMG that was far too scary for comfort. We'd both met up again on the flat(ish) ground beyond the sheepfold and then, as we began to walk back down the path we were hit from behind by a huge gust of wind. I got away lightly because I seemed to have no other option then to run with it. A good 10 yards down the path and I finally came to a stop only to look around and see Paul laying on the ground. For a few moments I had one of those sinking feelings and thinking he was badly hurt, I started to consider how I'd get us out of this one. The wind had lifted him off his feet, dropped him on the grass and then he'd slid towards the sheepfold.
No harm was done but as I said - - - too scary for comfort.
After we'd sat for a few minutes gathering our composure it was "time to get out of here and get back to normality"

That's Paul looking for his cap ------ he didn't find it.

Nearing the bottom of the track and looking through Newlands Valley towards the Skiddaw fells.

Cat Bells and Stonycroft. From here we could pick out a couple of walkers heading up Cat Bells and we both agreed that was somewhere we wouldn't like to have been today. The little rocky bit below the top, and indeed the summit itself, would be a bit too exposed in these gusty conditions.

Just before reaching the road we pass by this landslide which was no doubt caused by the floods the other week.


The thing that now seemed strange was; there was hardly a breath of wind as we walked along here. As we talked without the need to raise our voices we could hear the wind rattling through the trees on the opposite side of the valley.

Back in Braithwaite and we stand on the bridge reflecting for a few more moments on the events of 3 weeks ago. Back at the cars; Paul decides to eat lunch before setting off while I decide to head into Keswick into finish off my Christmas shopping.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks