Gowbarrow Fell, Alison’s 214th

Name of walk Gowbarrow Fell, Alison's 214th
Date of walk 2021-08-15

On Sunday Alison was celebrating walking her final Wainwright, Gowbarrow Fell. I had been on her sister Lucy’s last Wainwright walk (Hallin Fell in pouring rain) and her mum, Sue’s (High Rigg in sunshine), and Sue and Derek had been with me when I completed my third time around the Wainwrights (Esk Pike and Allen Crags on a very hot day!), so I was glad to receive my invite to this one too. We were to meet at 11am at Aira Force NT car park. It looked like Alison would be joining Lucy in having a rainy day! I left home early to avoid the tourist traffic, and nab a car parking space, with plans to do some walking before 11am.

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The cloud was that low today that it was even surrounding The Hoad.

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After the low cloud on the Kirkstone Pass I decided there was little point in climbing Little Mell Fell and decided on a walk along the shore of Brothers Water instead. Looking across the fields to Hartsop Dodd from the car park at about 8.20am

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I walk alongside Goldrill Beck.

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Brothers Water, some good reflections this morning.

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To the left of Hartsop Dodd is The Knott and Gray Crag.

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Hartsop Dodd, Caudale Moor and Middle Fell makes for some excellent reflections.

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Brock Crags on the left.

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I head back towards the car park, and continue on towards the National Trust car park at Aira Force.

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It was quite busy even this early on a Sunday. I head up to see the falls.

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Some of the paths and the viewing platform is currently closed, so this is the best view of the waterfall I can get today.

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The bridge to look down on the waterfall is open, you can see the re-building of the platfrom below. I head back along the higher path.

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The "memorial" chair that commemorates Derek and Sue Fryer's wedding, which we will revisit this afternoon.

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I then take a walk down to Ullswater

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The jetty on the left where the steamers stop.

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Jetty view.

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I head back to the car park, soon people have started to arrive. Lucy's mascot, Charlie, knows the score, he is in full waterproofs, and masked!

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While Alison's final guests are parking Lucy and I head on up as the advance party. Lucy carries the cake in a tin all the way up. The gate on to the path that leads around the back of the fell.

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On a good day there are some great views to be had. Lyulphs Tower still has scaffolding on it. Place Fell on the other side of Ullswater.

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Many people enquire about the cake tin and its purpose, on our way up,

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The seat above Yew Crag.

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Yew Crag.

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The narrow path winds around the fellside.

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The remains of the shooting box covered in bracken. Soon it was raining even more and we ascended into mist.

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Lucy on Gowbarrow Fell summit. She finally gets to put the cake tin down. It took us one hour and fifteen minutes to walk up.

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We put the banner out while Charlie guards the cake.

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Twenty minutes later Alison appears!

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With her are Holly and Essra. Taken by Lucy.

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A few minutes later Sue, Chris, Karen and Derek appear through the mist.

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Sue and Lucy.

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All done!

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Everyone is in awe of the wonderful view!

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Sue takes a group photo.

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I get my tripod selfie stick with removable remote button from my rucksack and take a photo of us all.

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Charlie the horse is joined by Nathan, a rat. Nathan obviously never got the memo about waterproofs!

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Alison open the fizz.

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The cake has edible pix of some of the Wainwrights Alison has been on over the years. She has been on Gowbarrow Fell before, when Derek, her dad, completed his final 214th Wainwright, but she was only 15 months old, so it doesn't count!

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Lucy drew this card from one of my summit photos. At least it showed us what our view would be on a good day!

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Alison and Lucy cut the cake. I had Catbells on my piece, yummy!

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Booze drunk, cake eaten, we head on down the front of the fell.

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Chris disappearing into the bracken!

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The visibility improved the further down we got.

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Lucy's photo of Alison celebrating hitting the main path.

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Through the gate and we are just above Aira Force.

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View of the cascades.

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We then head for Sue and Derek's seat. Lucy's photo.

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I should really have got Lucy in too for a full family photo!

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Alison and Lucy.

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Back at the car park Gareth gets his piece of cake. Taken by Sue.

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After all that rain we had a nice sunset.

The Gowbarrow walk was 4.4 miles and took three and a half hours, including the summit celebrations. The route down the front was a big improvement to the awkward route by the wall that I did with Fr. John last time, and much quicker too.

Well done to Alison for completing her Wainwrights! Thanks to Lucy and Sue for the use of a few of their photos. I had a most enjoyable day, despite the rain. Thanks for the invite.

Jo.

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