Walk                           :  Gowbarrow (1,579 feet) from Aira Force

Date                           :  23rd  April  2018

Weather                    :  Overcast rain always threatening @ 10°C freezing on top


Distance                   :  5 miles round trip

Time Taken              :  1 hour 30 mins to summit


Which part of Lakeland is this walk situated


Terrain Overview




Our week stay in Ambleside was blighted with bad weather, hence this was the only new fell added to the 214 list. We had attempted Gowbarrow a few years

ago and had to turn back due to a heavy storm. The walk itself from the Car Park at Aira Force along the Kirkstyle path is a really good route with plenty of

stunning scenery across Ullswater and is an ideal family walk



The walk starts from the National Trust car park at Aira Force just off the A592 past Glenridding. It cost me £6 for 4 hours parking. National Trust members

park for free



At the bottom end of the car park near the Information Hut a path leads out that runs parallel with Aira Beck



After a couple of hundred yards an iron gate in the wall leads to a footbridge that crosses Aira Beck



Crossing Aira Beck and follow the stepped path as it cuts through a wooded area



At the end of the stone staircase take the right hand fork in the path. The left hand branch is one of the many trails around the location that eventually

lead up to the viewing areas for the Force



Not long on the right hand fork in the path a wooden gate gives access to the open fellside that climbs gradually the slopes of Gowbarrow. This is the

Kirkstyle path and passes Lyulph’s Tower on the right



Starting out on the Kirkstyle path – by far the more scenic way to the summit



Looking back to the start of the path as we pass Lyulph’s Tower



Looking back towards Helvellyn



After a few hundred yards of fairly level walking the path steepens as it approaches a stone staircase



Looking over Ullswater toward Hallin Fell and the whale back ridge that leads over Bonscale Pike and Loadpot Hill



Looking back to the Tower from higher up the path



Sue pauses at a convenient resting place to take in the panorama



The path heads gently upwards towards Yew Crag



A prominent wind shelter cairn marks the change of direction to the North round the back side of Gowbarrow as you are walking towards it



The path – well defined meanders around the Northern end of Gowbarrow



A lone tree at the end of the Terrace is the marker point that leads down to the old Shooting Lodge (now happily demolished)



The remains of the Shooting Lodge. From here the path swings round to the left as it makes a beeline towards Airy Crag (The summit feature of Gowbarrow)



First sight of the summit



Whilst the sign shows the direction of travel correctly it is telling fibs that the Crag is only 250 yards away. Its more like a third of a mile, but nothing

too strenuous



As the path rises towards the crag it follows a route that goes behind what you see here, and is a very neat way onto the summit



The summit of Gowbarrow Fell


Click here for a 360 degree panoramic view from the summit   https://youtu.be/vof1TlQD6UA



Team shot from the summit. It was freezing !!!as Ste will testify as he forgot to pack his over jacket



Looking back south down Ullswater and it looks like there’s some weather heading our way



We stayed on the summit for about 20 minutes – but beat a hasty retreat back to the car park as the weather front came in



Nearly back down just as it starts to lash down



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