|Name of walk||Gowbarrow Fell & Aira Force with Fr. John|
|Date of walk||2018-08-16|
|Distance walked (miles)||5|
|Duration of walk||4 hours 50 minutes|
|Peaks on walk||Gowbarrow Fell|
|Walked with||Father John Inglis|
|Parking||NT car park at Aira Force.|
On Thursday the forecast was for sunny intervals and showers. I met Fr. John at the NT car park at Aira Force for our walk up to Gowbarrow via the Ullswater terrace route. A circular walk of just under five miles.
We cross the bridge and take the path to Aira Force, but then almost immediately take a higher path.
This leads to a gate on to the fell side. The excellent path continues all the way around to the back of the fell and up to the summit.
Ullswater. Lyulphs Tower below having some building work done.
John by the big rock, just before we had to put our waterproofs on.
Looking across to Hallin Fell, its probably raining there too!
We head up in the rain.
Place Fell on the left. Glenridding Dodd and Sheffield Pike on the right. I have never walked this route in good weather, and this is my fourth attempt.
One of the Ullswater Steamers.
We head for Yew Crag.
John on the Memorial Seat above Yew Crag.
View over Yew Crag to Hallin Fell.
Looking up the lake from Yew Crag summit cairn.
View back, the weather is getting worse.
Looking a bit brighter now!
We remove our waterproofs for the "sunny interval".
Bracken covers the remains of the old shooting lodge.
There is a new path up to the summit. I remember a direct muddy/boggy path that took you directly to this summit, this new dry one goes all the way around. Little Mell Fell behind.
It is now raining quite heavily.
I get my photo on the summit before we both descend out of the wind to put on waterproof trousers. It is cold on the summit, especially our hands in the wet and wind, but who carries gloves in August!
We continue on the path down.
Sunshine in Matterdale. I had forgotten that the route down by the wall can be quite awkward in places, especially when it is wet, so we take our time.
As there is another sunny interval we have lunch on some rocks. John once again provides the sandwiches and coffee, but the rain begins again within minutes.
Soon we are beside the water and follow the path down towards Aira Force.
Taken from one of the foot bridges.
John photographs one of the numerous cascades.
Taken from the bridge looking down on Aira Force. The viewing platform can be seen at the top.
We head down to the viewing area. The bridge, where I took the previous photo, is above.
Back at the car park we get rid of our boots and waterproofs and head for the cafe, and its green roof......must be all that rain!
John has gone sugar-free so he has a sausage roll. I have cake! A very large piece of Victoria Sponge. A girl needs cake, it is essential for civilised existence!
Looking back to Gowbarrow Fell, now having an extended sunny interval!
The last time I did this walk it only took me two and a half hours. This time it took four hours fifty! It is always a good walk, but next time I plan do it in blue skies and sunshine! This was my last walk with John this visit, as he heads back home to Sussex after Mass on Sunday. I’ll need to go back to making my own sandwiches! Come back soon John! 😉