Last weekend I was out with Crosby Rambling Club when we visited Keswick. I joined the rather large B party on a pleasant walk to the summit of Barrow at 1494 ft.
It was my 108th Wainwright. I am now over half way, only another 106 to go!
We started out walk from the pretty village of Braithwaite.
We followed the path towards High Coledale, gradually ascending on a good path.
Looking back we could see Skiddaw. The snow that covered the tops last week had all gone. Soon we were on a lovely green path and our objective was in sight. To our left was the deep gorge containing Barrow Beck.
As we approached Barrow Door we could see Causey Pike dead ahead. This is where the A party were heading. We could also see the clouds that were moving in. A cold front was moving in from the Northwest.
At Barrow Door we turned left to begin the final 300 ft of ascent to the summit of Barrow.
There was no real cairn at the summit but the panoramic views were worth the climb.
Looking down on Derwent Water
We had lunch at the summit and posed for a groupenphoto.
The weather was closing in and it had got windy. It was time to put our fleeces on and head down.
We returned to Barrow Door and continued in the same direction down a rocky path to meet the Old Mine Road.
All the hard work was now behind us and we could stroll down the mine road with Stonycroft Gill below us to our right.
Down in the valley we headed north alongside Newlands Beck towards Little Braithwaite and on to Ullock. We made a small diversion to Lingholm Gardens where I wandered down to the lakeside. The boathouse was in need of some TLC.
Several of the group stayed at Lingholm to visit the tea shop, but I had other things on my mind. A quick return to Keswick and a pint of Jennings’ Cumberland Ale. I was thirsty.
An excellent day out on the fells. 9.6 miles and just over 2000 feet of ascent.
I climbed my first ‘Wainwright’, Cat Bells, in 1984. It has taken me 33 years to reach the half way point. If I continue at this rate I will be 106 by the time I complete all 214. I had better get a move on!