Gowbarrow Fell. 18 November

The walk started from the Aira Force car park, following the track through the woods on the west side of the water. Shortly, Aira Force came into view, and a set of steps led down to below the waterfall. Crossing the water at this point, a path then took us to the top of the fall, where we could go onto the bridge and look down the waterfall.

We didn’t cross the bridge, however. instead we took a path that initially followed upstream, before joining another track that climbed up onto the fell towards Bernard Pike. There were some nice views along Ullswater as we ascended.

A track then led off up and across Gowbarrow. As we started to follow this undulating path, it started to rain and a cold wind picked-up. Fortunately, the rain didn’t last too long as we negotiated our way across the often boggy track that eventually took us to the Gowbarrow trig point.

We then took the clockwise route around the fell, initially starting on good paths which quickly became quite muddy, up until we reached the Shooting Lodge ruins. The path then largely contours around the fell, with some great views, particularly near to the Memorial Seat.

The path then started descending, eventually crossing the point where we’d branched off to climb Bernard Pike.

The weather had improved, and some of the autumn colours still remained, so it was no surprise that the waterfall paths were now a lot busier than they had been when we set off.

We took the track past High Force, before crossing over the water and heading back down to the car park.