Ullswater from Gowbarrow Fell

Gowbarrow Fell

Route: Gowbarrow Fell

Area: Eastern Lake District

Date of walk: 15th September 2017

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 5.0 miles

Ascent: 1,200 feet

Weather: Cloudy with sunny spells

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 after recent heavy rain, and from the viewing point I continued 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 a clockwise direction

I passed by the Memorial Seat and Yew Crag, from where there is a fabulous panorama, though my arrival here coincided with a brief dull and overcast spell of weather, and I then made the gentle descent back to the Aira Force visitor centre

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