Route: Barrow and Outerside

Area: North Western Lake District

Date of walk: 1st December 2017

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 5.3 miles

Ascent: 2,000 feet

Weather: Sunny, clouded over later on, very cold

I parked in the attractive village of Braithwaite which was devastated in the December 2015 floods but has now made a full recovery. I walked out of the village in the direction of Newlands Valley, before turning off along the farm road to Braithwaite Lodge

After passing through the farm I joined the path which leads up the facing ridge to the top of Barrow. It’s a straighforward climb and it would be impossible to go astray. I kept looking back to admire the views of the Skiddaw fells

From the summit of Barrow I made my way down to Barrow Door. The next fell on the itinerary was Outerside, which looks nearby on the map but on the ground always seems to be a considerable distance away. I followed a path around the flanks of Stile End and Outerside and gained the summit via the back door

From here is was a long but easy descent back to Braithwaite via Long Moss and Stile End, with wonderful views of the Skiddaw fells ahead all the way down, a great finale to a great walk

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