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Gowbarrow Fell

Birkett lists two tops on Gowbarrow Park; Gowbarrow Fell and Green Hill.

Height: 481 metres / 1578 feet Grid reference:Continue Reading

Arnsbarrow Hill

Height: 322 metres / 1056 feet Grid reference: SD 31099 91118

Latter Barrow

Height: 354 metres / 1161 feet Grid reference: NY 07378 11418

Brock Barrow

Should I, shouldn’t I, should I, shouldn’t I…oh, go on then – time was very short this morning and I did intend to have a low level walk with the boys around Coniston somewhere but then was magically drawn skywards by diminutive Brock Barrow. It was a bit drab and a bit cool but watching Fletcher made me smile – it wasn’t so long ago (July 11th to be exact!) that he climbed this as a small pup and I worried whether it would be too much for the little fella. Now he is as big as Dougal and positively bounded up here…he’s going to be a fine fellwalking dog that Fletcher.

Yewbarrow

Summer is here in a big way and today it was really warm early on and beautiful conditions for a walk up to Yewbarrow. Today I took out my new camera for the first time to give it a whirl, hopefully I can do it justice when I get used to it (it is a Nikon D610 with a 24-85 lens for those that are interested in such things).

Brock Barrow

Today seemed as good a day as any to get out on the fells with young Fletcher – of course, with him being so young it had to be short and sweet but he seemed to take to it okay even in the hottest of summer conditions. It was absolutely gorgeous up there today, certainly the warmest weather I have been out in for a while.

Latterbarrow

We have been away for a couple of weeks to sunnier climes so today was the day to spring the two heroes from holidays at the kennels. We kept the walk short and sweet to suit young Fletcher and it was really quite warm up there today. It was hard to believe how much Fletcher has grown over the last couple of weeks whilst Dougal seems to have shrunk due to another summer haircut!

Brock Barrow

Connie is still off school so we went for a walk to Brock Barrow above High Nibthwaite. Around the fringes of the southern Lake District it was really sunny but further in it was a little overcast.

Brock Barrow

I just about had time for a quick walk at the southern eastern end of Coniston Water today and I think it caught the best of the early weather as there was lots of low lying mist, but also the high fells were covered too. This is a good walk for the effort/view ratio and there is rarely anyone around here.

Yewbarrow

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Things have turned decidedly colder over the weekend with many of the fells having a snow cap on them now. I headed to Wasdale for a walk over Yewbarrow but there wasn’t much snow around up there, just a sprinkling really. It was mighty cold though and temperatures are set to plummet further overnight so perhaps winter has finally arrived.

Latterbarrow

It was a lovely clear morning this morning so we had a family trek up to another great viewpoint with small stature, Latterbarrow which is situated just outside Hawkshead. The large obelisk on the summit of Latterbarrow is clearly visible from Hawkshead and it makes an inviting target. As we walked, the snow clouds gathered overhead and gave us a few flurries.

Latterbarrow is described in Wainwright’s Latterbarrow chapter in his book ‘The Outlying Fells of Lakeland’, page 84.

Latterbarrow

Yet again it was cold and clear this morning, but I only had time for a short walk today. The mist was hanging over Coniston Water and the Crake Valley with pockets of cloud in some of the smaller valleys – I couldn’t resist driving up the east side of Coniston Water for these first few photos.

Yewbarrow

I was looking forward to getting to Wasdale once more, it seems like ages since I was over that way. The weather started off looking quite promising but by the end of the walk it had clouded over and ended up a little dull but the great scrambling sections at either end of the fell made up for that.

Gowbarrow Fell

The weather has returned to dull and wet this week and today’s walk was a circuit of Gowbarrow Park taking in Aira Force waterfall. The heavens opened when I was up on Green Hill, backed by a strong wind so I was glad to get down to the relative shelter of High Force. Ten minutes later and I think I would have missed the views altogether.

Fellbarrow

A visit to the north western fells above Loweswater today – not much luck with the weather though as the clag stubbornly clung to the fells all day despite their relatively low stature.

Latterbarrow

On this, the shortest day of the year, it was surprisingly mild at a heady 9C. Normally we would be in the depths of winter and have a bit of snow around. Of course it is still there on the higher tops, it was just that I couldn’t see it today. There were some interesting conditions to be observed from lowly Latterbarrow though with the low lying mist hanging in the valleys and across Windermere.

Yewbarrow

Today’s walk is a walk over shapely Yewbarrow, a fell that often missed when walking from Wasdale as it doesn’t fit neatly with other rounds. Whilst the weather wasn’t great today it was still worth the walk up – the moment when Great Door appeared after a hard scramble was certainly the highlight.

Yewbarrow

The sun and blue sky made a welcome appearance this morning for a lovely warm walk for the time of year. I made an unusual route of return via the quiet but delightful Low Tarn. It was lovely up there today, a really idyllic place – I think I’ll have to return in summer for a swim.

Latterbarrow

Another clear day today and long may it last. We had a short walk up to Wainwright Outlying fell Latterbarrow, the one with the large obelisk on the top overlooking Hawkshead. It was lovely up there today and of course we worked up a fine appetite for (the essential) lunch in Hawkshead!

Brock Barrow

I had a quick walk late this afternoon in the setting sun up on the east side of Coniston Water. It was so late on it ended up as more of a sprint than a walk to catch the last of the light.

Latterbarrow

It was another superb morning this morning so Connie and I had a walk to Latterbarrow above Hawkshead. We stopped at a few places on the journey and all the waters were frozen including Windermere which had a good covering of ice. The smaller waters, Esthwaite and Tarn Hows are still completely frozen and the high fells look to have a fresh covering of snow.

Buckbarrow

It looked promising enough when I drove into Wasdale this morning but the cloud never completely lifted from the high fells whilst I was there. Buckbarrow though was mostly in the sunshine and there was fresh snow evident on the high fells from what I could see. I found a different and interesting route down from the top too…

Whitbarrow Scar

Today’s walk follows Wainwright’s Whitbarrow chapter in his book ‘The Outlying Fells of Lakeland’, page 36. Whitbarrow is an abrupt ridge of limestone, being one bank of an ancient sea inlet, the other bank being Scout Scar running parallel to it. The valley in between these two scars is the Lyth Valley.

“The walk described is the most beautiful in this book; beautiful it is every step of the way.” – AW, The Outlying Fells of Lakeland.