Gowbarrow Fell via Aira Force and Green Hill

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By Gav Laa on 28/01/17 at 11:39am

Date started:07/01/2017
Distance:5.9 km or 3.7 miles
Ascent:347m or 1138ft
Start OSGB:NY400200
Time taken:3:00

Well we started Gowbarrow the third and final walk of the day, and the longest, we arrived at the Aira Force Car park around 12:15 I went to pay for the parking ticket and nearly passed out at the price £7 for 3 or 4 hours - so I joined the National Trust and parked for free! Good tip £5.50 ish a month - so if like myself you have plans for lots of visits to the lakes this year well worth it.

We had a bite to eat then set off at 12:45 The weather was much the same not as foggy but still a nice 7 degrees and no wind or rain. This route was more popular with tourists, the majority wanting to see the waterfalls I suspect - At least I hope those in their best shoes/trainers and handbags weren't venturing further than the waterfalls!!!

Starting from the car park we followed the path from the National Trust cabin, up the hill and then through the gate and through the dell, you have a few options to cross the various bridges which where all open and follow the river on either side, we stuck to the left side and followed the route climbing steadily up along Aira Beck. We crossed at the fourth bridge (Wooden) we didn't stop for too many photos as we thought we could get some on the way back as it may be a little quieter.

We continued and followed the path, uneven in places, until we went home through the wall where it opens up, then we continued towards Dockray where we then turned right when you get to the gate (didn't go through the gate) and followed the path up virtually alongside the wall. My brother decided to take some photos as we started he ascent - so I left him to it knowing he would catch me up...again.

The underfoot conditions where a little tricky as it was quite wet and slippy, glad I was ascending and not descending. Our Marc caught up with, and we continued following the path eventually departing from the edge of the wall, a fairly straight forward route to the summit winding our way around we got to the trig point at 14:30.

Onto to Green Hill next and descent homeward bound... Wait he's at it again with more photos he found a nice spot in the distance overlooking Ullswater (he's pretty good to honest but I'll not tell him that!)

After waiting for Marc to get that perfect shot which he assures me he did off we go, we heading South finding a route which is distinguishable, it was wet and boggy in places and fairly straight forward following the contours of the fell, we peaked at the summit cairn around 15:10 quick brew then followed the path again down towards the knee of Ullswater, a little steep in places but dry eventually arriving in the wooded area back alongside Aira Beck - a few options here which will get you back to the Dell and the Car park.

We had our final photo opportunity at the water falls then continued Green Hill side of Aira Beck crossing over at the last (or first) Bridge and back at the car at 15:45, all in all a spot on day with good weather and company. Photos to follow some tech issues!

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