Route: Barrow

Area: North Western Lake District

Date of walk: 19th December 2019

Walkers: Andrew 

Distance: 4.1 miles

Ascent: 1,300 feet

Weather: Mostly cloudy with sunny patches

In the words of Alfred Wainwright ‘Barrow occupies an enviable position overlooking a scene as fair as any in the kingdom’. I’ve been up here often and, as usual, I parked just outside the village of Braithwaite, near the entrance to the farm known as Braithwaite Lodge. I walked up the drive leading to the lodge, which is a public footpath, and branched right at an ancient yew tree. The ascent of Barrow is directly up its north east ridge and is easy going throughout. There are ever improving views along the way, including Bassenthwaite Lake, Keswick, Derwent Water and too many lakeland fells to name

Although the weather was cloudy there were patches of sunshine which enhanced the wonderful views. When I reached the summit, it was time to decide on the return route. I usually return via Coledale, but opted for a different route today. On reaching Barrow Door I followed a path to my left which descends to Stonycroft Gill. This joins up with a wide track beside the gill. The track is an old mine road, and provides a very quick and easy way down

I soon reached Newlands Valley, where I joined the quiet valley road for a few yards and then branched off to follow a path over the big toe of Barrow. I arrived at a marker post, festively adorned with tinsel, which I’d passed at the start of the walk, and this completed the circuit. From here I retraced my steps past Braithwaite Lodge and back into Braithwaite. During the course of a four mile walk, I didn’t see another walker

This was my 13th time on Barrow. Each visit has been a joy and today’s visit was no exception

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