9th April 2016

Barrow to Causey Pike

Time 6:50 to 11:30am
Duration 4 hr 40 min
Distance 8.7 mile
Ascent 3200 ft more or less
Walking with On my own
Newlands Valley - Barrow north ridge - Barrow - Barrow Door - Stile End - Low Moss - Outerside - High Moss - Sail - Scar Crags - Causey Pike - High Moss - Stonycroft Gill - Newlands Valley
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.
There is also space for a couple of cars on the roadside hear Stoneycroft Gill.

Parking is free.

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


I was up at the crack of dawn this morning and timed my arrival in Newlands Valley perfectly to catch the first blast of sunshine as it lit up the Barrow side of the valley. A lovely start to a brilliant walk.

Braithwaite and Bassenthwaite seen from the ridge on Barrow.

Looking up the ridge on Barrow.


Me on top of Barrow and looking towards Outerside, Scar Crags, Sail & Crag Hill topped with cloud and Grisedale Pike.

Now I'm on top of Stile End and facing the northern fells.

Outerside from Stile End.

Outerside summit. While Is here I decided to have a walk onto Sail. I hadn't been up there since April 2013 so a visit was due.

The path running along the side of High Moss and, , ,
the same path a little higher up as it turns onto a steep scree route. sometimes referred to as Sail Pass.

And here you have Lakelands most ridiculous section of footpath.

Looking back to Outerside and Stile End, and, Scar Crags on the right.

Sail summit in front of Whiteside, Hopegill Head, Ladyside Pike and Grisedale Pike.

And now looking towards Wandope and Crag Hill.

Back down the twisty path I go.

The view back from Scar Crags.

Looking ahead to Causey Pike from Scar Crags summit.


Scar Crags ridge seen from the route to Causey Pike.

Causey Pike summit view.

and in the opposite direction I look down to Barrow, over to the northern fells, Great Mell Fell, Clough Head, Walla Crag and the big wet thing is Derwent Water.

And, , , , , after I'd slipped, and landed in the biggest patch of dark brown mud I'd seen all day, I gave a big sigh and took this picture looking down to Stonycroft Gill and Barrow. Right, hopefully my backside dries out before I get back to the car.

and there they go, backwards into the pool.

The path curves around the bottom of Barrow and shortly after taking this picture I'm walking along the Newlands Valley road. Temperature wise it was like a different day down here. As I set off driving home, I regretted not including a loop of Newlands Valley at the end of the walk. Never mind, the valley is going nowhere and hopefully we'll get more sunny days that I can take advantage of.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks