Gowbarrow Fell, Aira Force and Little Mell Fell

Name of walk Gowbarrow Fell, Aira Force and Little Mell Fell
Date of walk 2014-04-02
Distance walked (miles) 6
Duration of walk 4 hours 0 minutes
Weather Low cloud
Peaks on walk Gowbarrow, Little Mell Fell
Walked with Ged and blind Kas
Parking NT car park at Aira Force

On Wednesday Ged, Kas and I drove to the NT car park at Aira Force, on the side of Ullswater, in order to walk the circuit of Gowbarrow Fell, gaining the summit from the north. We would then walk back via Aira Force before driving to The Hause for the quick walk up Little Mell Fell.

Both walks are easy. The forecast was for rain and low cloud. Unfortunately the views today were not going to be that clear, but it was a lot warmer that it has been of late, the winds were kinder and I never needed to wear a coat all day, so I can’t complain.

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Crossing the bridge over Riddings Beck.

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Heading up the east side of Gowbarrow Fell. Not much of a view looking south. Place Fell on the left, Glenridding Dodd and Sheffield Pike on the right.

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Looking down on Lyulph's Tower.

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Looking across to Place Fell.

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The weather towards the east is not looking too promising.

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We continue our circuit heading north around the fell.

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We meet a group of students from the Outward Bound School heading back after two nights in the mountains, and still smiling!

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Heading for the views off Yew Crag.

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View south.

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Looking north from Yew Crag. The cloud is rolling in over Arthur's Pike. Hallin Fell on the right.

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The cloud rolling over Bonscale Fell and Loadpot Hill. It is very atmospheric.

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We now head west into some temporary blue sky.

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Kas with the remains of an old Shooting Lodge. Swinburn's Park behind.

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Not long to go now before we take a left and head up to the summit. On the route to the summit there are now some newly laid paths through the boggy areas, which is a big improvement.

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Gowbarrow summit cairn with Little Mell Fell behind it.

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We head down via the path by the wall.

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Dockray ahead.

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The path leads back to Riddings Beck and we follow it down the left side towards Aira Force.

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First Kas gets a wash. A thorough de-mudding before he is allowed back in my car!

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Riddings Beck.

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View down from the bridge at the top of Aira Force.

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Looking down on the view point. The far path down was washed away in a land slide during the storms, and is still in the process of being re-built.

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Aira Force from the viewpoint.

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The Money Log. Ged wishes he had brought his pliers to supplement his pension!

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Primroses. We stop at the tea shop for a coffee. I stare longingly at the chocolate cake, but there is still two weeks of Lent left, so I resist the temptation. I'm amazed that I have managed four weeks with no chocolate, but that is probably due to the fact that I have been O.D.ing on toffee and Midget Gems!

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We drive via Watermillock to The Hause. It is just a ten minute climb up grass to the summit of Little Mell Fell. We leave our ruck sacks and coats in the car. Looking back to The Hause and my car from the climb up.

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Little Mell Fell summit cairn. The weather had closed in a bit and the forecast rain was very near.

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Kas and me, the wind had finally arrived.

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We head back down. Gowbarrow Fell ahead.

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We then drive to All Saint's Church at Watermillock.

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It was built in 1881, but there has been a church in Watermillock since 1218.

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There are some fine stained glass windows. All the windows are memorials to various people.

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The chest dates from 1560.

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A log seat with a great view out.

Together both walks took about four hours and were about 6 miles. (Gowbarrow Walk was 5.2 miles). Gowbarrow Fell is a very gentle ascent (1579ft) and Little Mell Fell (1657ft) is very steep up grass, but short. The rain managed to stay away until the drive home.

Jo.

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