GOWBARROW from AIRA FORCE
Point: National Trust Car Park (NY401201)
6.8 Km (4.25 miles)
Take the path from the Aira Force Car Park passing through the wrought
iron gate before taking the left-hand path which ascends to the
left of the Aira Beck. The path continues uphill then descends to
the bridge (NY400205) over the waterfall (15 minutes). Cross the
bridge and turn left and continue to climb with the beck on the
left to High Force (NY401209), thence through a gate leading to
an area sparsely populated with trees leading to the open fell.
Continue on the footpath to a fingerpost (NY399216) just before
a gate in a drystone wall. Turn right onto the Permissive Path to
Gowbarrow. The path leads to a drystone wall which is crossed by
means of a wooden laddder style. The path continues to climb alongside
a stone wall bordering a small plantation. When the ground levels
off, continue alongside the drystone wall until a path leads off
to the right and the summit of Gowbarrow which is marked with an
OS Trig Point (NY408218). On a clear day there are panoramic views
taking in the Pennines, Blencathra, Helvellyn, High Street and the
West from Gowbarrow dropping down below the summit to walk beneath
the crags on the Ullswater side (NY407217). Once under the crags
a narrow path will seen heading eastwards across the fell. This
track descends steeply initially then follows a ditch with a large
plantation ahead and to the left. You may believe you have strayed
from the path but persist this path looks like a sheep track and
is indistinct in places! Continue on this path until it descends
to the ruins of a building beside a more well-marked path (NY415218).
right and follow the path up hill to a footbridge at the head of
a steep grassy gully (NY414214). Cross the bridge and follow the
path as it contours around the side of the hill before gently descending
to Memorial View (NY413206) which is situated above Gowbarrow Crags.
The path, running parallel to Ullswater, continues
to descend to Lyulph's Tower. Continue along the path a short distance
until a fork is reached. Take the left fork which crosses a style
and joins one of the footpaths to/from Aira Force. The path descends
to a footbridge over the Aira Beck (NY401203). Cross the footbridge
and follow the path back to the National Trust Car Park.
directions are provided for guidance only. This walk should not
be attempted without a compass and a suitable map (OS Landranger
90 or OS Explorer OL5).
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