Gowbarrow Fell at sunset

Gowbarrow Fell at sunset, from Glenridding Dodd.

Height: 1579 feet above sea level.

Volume: Book 1 (The Eastern Fells)

Date climbedFirst visit: 2nd July 2012 (walk 58). Second visit: 9th January 2019 (walk 157).

Bagged as numberFirst round: 179 of 330. [ << Little Mell Fell (178)  (180) Carrock Fell >> ]

Gowbarrow summit

Trig point on the top of Gowbarrow. Great Mell Fell behind.

Second round: 179 of 330. I was wondering if this would happen again (as Walla Crag started both rounds, thus is number 1 on each) — but without my trying (honestly), Gowbarrow becomes the first fell to feature at the same point on both rounds.

[ << Bakestall (178)  (180) Hart Side >> ]

Route of ascent and descent:First visit: Came up along the path from Watermillock church, which leaves the road at NY432433. Descended down to Dockray.

Second visit: Came up from Park Brow Foot, via the route described in the chapter. Same descent.

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 2 of his chapter): “Gowbarrow Fell is one of the best known of Lakeland’s lesser heights, much of it being National Trust property and a favourite playground and picnic place. It is not the fell itself that brings the crowds, however, and its summit is lonely enough: the great attraction is Aira Force, on the beck forming its western boundary.”

Scene on Hallin Fell summit

Gowbarrow from Hallin Fell, Ullswater below.

What I say: Aira Force is worth a visit, yes (see the picture on the walk 48 page). The view of Ullswater is also very fine, though you need to walk half a mile south from the summit to get the full effect, or come up from Park Brow Foot. This is one of the better small fells in Lakeland, certainly a more interesting walk than either of the Mell Fells nearby, and is one to explore, then, rather than just bag and forget about.

[ << Glenridding Dodd     Grange Fell >> ]

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One Response to “Gowbarrow Fell”

  1. […] too agreeable to waste sat in an office so out I went to Ullswater. Walk 157 bagged me three fells, Gowbarrow Fell, Hart Side (now bagged in excellent weather on both rounds) and Stybarrow Dodd — and the […]

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