North Western Lake District

Route: Barrow

Area: North Western Lake District

Date of walk: 13th March 2015

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 3.7 miles

Weather: Grey skies with some weak sun

Although Barrow is a relatively small fell at a height of 1,494 feet, it is set in a wonderful position ‘overlooking a scene as fair as any in the kingdom’ in the words of Alfred Wainwright. The weather was insipid but I was full of anticipation as I parked the car in the village of Braithwaite

I crossed the small bridge over Coledale Beck and at the edge of the viilage I joined the track leading up to Braithwaite Lodge. Beyond the lodge I was soon on open fellside, following the line of the ridge to the top of Barrow

The higher fells were covered in snow, and their tops were in the cloud, so Barrow was a good choice today. The views were fantastic, despite the overcast skies. I descended to Barrow Door and was intending to go on to Outerside, but found myself half way up Stile End instead – a silly mistake, especially since I’ve been up here on several occasions. I could have retraced my steps but decided to content myself with Barrow, a worthwhile objective in itself

From Stile End I made the easy descent back down to Braithwaite, with lovely views of the Skiddaw fells ahead of me all the way – a great little walk

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