Bigland Barrow

Name of walk Bigland Barrow
Date of walk 2018-07-03

On Tuesday I made an early start, beginning my solo, circular walk at 8am, when it was still cool. Bigland Barrow, via Bigland Tarn. A walk of just under four miles. Another glorious day! Bigland Barrow is one of Wainwright’s Outlying Fells. This is not his route up, but I think this one has more interest.

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I parked in the lay-by almost opposite the start of the walk, on the B5278 road to Cark, 200m past the hamlet of Low Wood.

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Heading up through Birk Dault Wood. The path is part of the Cumbria Coastal Way.

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Boarded walkways across the boggy areas.

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Ruined huts above Birk Dault Wood.

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Bigland Tarn. The Cumbria Coastal Way continues along the western side of the tarn.

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The route to Bigland Barrow passes through a kissing-gate to a track along the edge of the tarn.

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The boat house.

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It is well disguised.

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Beautiful!

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Looking south over Bigland Tarn with Bigland Heights on the right

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I take the path on the right that is sign posted 'High Gate'.

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A resident of Bigland Hall Stables.

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Peek-a-boo!

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Cross over the main road and through the gate, where Bigland Barrow is directly ahead.

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Views to Dow Crag and Coniston Old Man.

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The observation Tower on Bigland Barrow can be seen..

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I follow the track.

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I look over the wall stile to Bigland Barrow Tarn, this will be my route back.

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I take the Hazelrigg path, turning off for Bigland Barrow here.

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Looking from the gate over to Bigland Trout Fishery, an artificial tarn created by the damming of Black Beck.

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The old Royal Observer Corp Orlit 'B' post on the summit of Bigland Barrow.

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I don't venture up, it doesn't look very safe.

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Looking out towards the Leven Estuary.

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Close up on the Haverthwaite Railway.

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Greenodd.

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Backbarrow and the Coniston hills.

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View back the way I came up.

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Bigland Trout Fishery from the summit of Bigland Barrow.

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Three photo panorama of the view to all the fells. Left click to enlarge, click again to return.

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A closer view of Dow Crag and Coniston Old Man.

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I return back to the sign post at the wall stile, and cross it....gingerly!

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I head past the tarn following the grassy track down to High Brow Edge.

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The track.

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Another wall stile.

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Another faint track.

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The walled path beside the farm leads out to the road.

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Sheep!

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At the road, turn right then directly left down a 'road', sign posted 'unsuitable for cars'. Houses lead off this 'road'.

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This takes you down to another larger road where you go left.

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Continue heading down until the hamlet of Low Wood is reached.

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Low Wood.

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Low Wood bridge view of the River Leven. From here I walk the 200m back to my car.

A good little walk with no difficulties. My two walking stick handled poles are working out quite nicely! I am walking slowly, so this walk took me three hours. A fit, able bodied person, could walk it in half the time. I stopped off at Roy’s Ice cream van on the Coast Road, on the way home, just to stretch my knee. Driving any distance still poses a problem…..the enormous waffle cone banana and chocolate ice cream was purely coincidental……honest! 😉

Jo.

 

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