Barrow

Barrow

Route: Barrow

Area: North Western Lake District

Date of walk: 29th December 2018

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 3.4 miles

Weather: Cloudy with some sunny patches at first. Very windy where exposed

The weather was dull in the morning, with low cloud shrouding the fells. However the weather forecast gave cause for optimism, with sunny spells predicted from noon. We decided to climb Barrow, which we’d last visited a year ago. Barrow is a relatively small fell at a height of 1,494 feet, but ‘it is set in a wonderful position overlooking a scene as fair as any in the kingdom’ in the words of Wainwright.

We parked in the village of Braithwaite and shortly after passing by the village shop we turned off the road and joined the track leading up to Braithwaite Lodge. Beyond the lodge we were soon climbing up open fellside, following the line of the ridge to the top of Barrow. Just as forecast there were some patches of sunshine as we ascended, which enhanced the superb views over Newlands Valley, Derwent Water, Blencathra and Bassenthwaite Lake.

By the time we reached the summit the clouds had rolled in again and it was blowing a gale, so we didn’t linger there and without ado started the descent, which must be one of the easiest in lakeland. We first descended to Barrow Door and then followed the gentle path which leads as straight as an arrow back into Braithwaite to end a great little walk

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