Gowbarrow Fell

Gowbarrow Fell

Eastern Lake District

Route: Gowbarrow Fell

Area: Eastern Lake District

Date of walk: 28th October 2016

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 5.0 miles

Weather: Mostly sunny

I parked in the main National Trust car park below Aira Force and followed one of the paths up Aira Beck. There are good paths on both sides so it doesn’t matter which side of the beck you walk along, as there are several footbridges along the way

Aira Force was on good form, though it was half term and there were a lot of other folk about. I soon left the crowds behind me as I walked further upstream, passing several smaller waterfalls and eventually emerging onto open fellside

After an easy climb beside a dry stone wall I reached the summit of Gowbarrow Fell. The views from here are not particularly good, but the great glory of this walk is the views of Ullswater from the terraced path above the lake – one of the best miles in lakeland – and which I’d saved for last by walking the circuit in an anti-clockwise direction

I passed by the Memorial Seat and Yew Crag admiring the fabulous panorama as I did so, then made the gentle descent back to the Aira Force visitor centre

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