Bigland Barrow

Name of walk Bigland Barrow
Date of walk 2021-02-26

Son, Tom took a day off work, so we decided on a family walk to Bigland Barrow via Bigland Tarn. An easy four mile circular walk. This is a Wainwright Outlying Fell, and our most local. The weather was a bit hazy and cloudy, so there would be no great views out to the hills today, but at least it was a hill to climb!

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I parked in the lay-by almost opposite the start of the walk, at Haverthwaite on the B5278 road to Cark, 200m past the hamlet of Low Wood. Heading up through Birk Dault Wood. The path is part of the Cumbria Coastal Way. Today it is a torrent of water!

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Boarded walkways across the boggy areas.

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Thankfully we are not going that way!

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Friendly lot around here! If they don't blow you up, they'll shoot you! Thankfully we're not going that way either!

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Ruined huts above Birk Dault Wood.

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Bigland Hall.....it is probably littered with Indiana Jones style booby traps!

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Bigland Tarn.

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

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Panorama. Left click to enlarge, click again to return.

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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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The jetty.

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We take the path on the right that is sign posted 'High Gate'. Cheeky horse sticks its tongue out at me!

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We cross over the main road and through the gate, where Bigland Barrow is directly ahead. Soon we pass some Belted Galloways.

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

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Close up on the Haverthwaite Railway.

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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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Looking out towards the Leven Estuary.

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On the way back to the wall stile we detour down to the fishing tarn. Quite a few fisherman dotted about the tarn.

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Then head back up and cross the wall stile to the small tarn.

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

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The track. We head through a couple more wall stiles and make for the path between the two stone walls beside the farm.

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Lambs!

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At the road, turn right then directly left down a 'road', sign posted 'unsuitable for cars'. Then take another left for the walk to the hamlet of Low Wood.

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The Clock Tower at Low Wood.

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

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The bridge.

The walk took us two and a half hours.

Jo.

 

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