Barrow to Causey Pike

Name of walk Barrow to Causey Pike
Date of walk 2013-07-12
Distance walked (miles) 8
Duration of walk 5 hours 30 minutes
Weather mist then sunny
Peaks on walk Barrow, Stile End, Outerside, Scar Crags and Causey Pike
Walked with Tom
Parking Braithwaite, by school.
Yesterday Ged, Kas and me drove to Braithwaite to climb Barrow (1494ft), Stile End, Outerside (1863ft), Scar Crags (2205ft) and Causey Pike (2089ft).
A walk of about eight miles.

We parked in the village near the school and headed up the lane to Braithwaite Lodge. The slopes of Barrow are to its right.


Looking back to Braithwaite Lodge, Bassenthwaite Lake and Skiddaw from the gate to the fellside..


The route up is all on grass with multiple false summits. So that is not the top!


View back to Braithwaite from the route to the summit.


Close up of Bassenthwaite Lake and Binsey behind.


View ahead from our route down from Barrow. Left to right is Causey Pike and Scar Crags, then Sail and Crag Hill in mist. Grisedale Pike summit is also unseen in mist. On the right of the valley path is Outerside, and near right is Stile End our next destination


We reach Outerside summit. The mist is still down, it is supposed to clear by midday and we should see some sunshine. So we deliberately took our time. Currently we are both in waterproofs and fleeces, typical July weather!! Next we would head down to the valley path on the left and then up the Sail Pass between Scar Crags and Sail.


Looking back down our route up Sail Pass to the peak of Outerside


We stop on the side of Scar Crags for lunch. On the otherside of the valley is the row of our three morning climbs: Outerside, Stile End and Barrow. Even Kas takes a break in the sunshine. The temperature increased dramatically with the sun and we were able to remove our waterproofs!


Ged and Kas on Scar Crags, the ridge of Causey Pike ahead.


The mist has finally lifted to reveal Crag Hill, Whiteside and Hopegill Head.


View down the valley between Ard Crags and Causey Pike, looking towards the Buttermere Fells of High Stile, Red Pike and Starling Dodd.


View over to Skiddaw and down on Stile End and Barrow from Causey Pike summit.


Just as we reached the summit a party of school kids from the north east arrive from the otherside. They were fascinated by Kas being blind. We didn`t hang around and headed down to a quieter area down below for a sit in the sunshine and to admire the view.


View east across Derwent Water to the Dodds and Helvellyn range, and below right our route back down


Looking back to the summit from our quieter rest spot.


Continuing the panorama south east. Maiden Moor, High Spy, Dale Head and Hindscarth.


Panorama from our rest spot. Cat Bells far right


Heading further down with Causey Pike behind. We no longer needed fleeces either. Maybe today is the elusive "summer"!


Not far now..


Looking up the valley path.


Last look at Causey Pike before the road.


Stopping at the beck at Stair so Kas could get a drink


Heading back round to Braithwaite, it had become very hot and humid.


Braithwaite with Barrow in the background.

We had a cold drink in the Royal Oak, then not to play favourites, we went for a coffee in the Coledale Inn. On both occasions we sat outside to make the most of the sunshine. Lovely!