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Date & start time: Wednesday 14th January 2009. 12 noon start.
Location of Event : Adj to the Methodist Church, Braithwaite, Cumbria, Uk ( NY 229 235 )
Places visited : Braithwaite Village, Braithwaite Lodge, Barrow, Barrow Door, Stile End and back.
Walk details : 2.35 ml, 1400 ft of ascent, 2 hours 10 mins.
Highest point : Barrowl 1494 ft ( 455m )
Walked with : Ann and the dogs, Harry and Bethan.
Weather : Poor forecast but the weather held. A very flat sort of light due to heavy cloud cover.
Starting from the Church . . .
It is a flat sort of day with an impending sense of gloom in the weather forecast.
Still the dogs need a walk and we need a walk and it promises not to rain for the next couple of hours, so we pick Barrow as it's a great local walk.
We started by walking through the tightly packed houses of the village
and took the lane up towards Braithwaite Lodge farm.
Ahead was the slope of Barrow with the weak sun still shining optimistically in our faces.
The local summit of Grisedale Pike was looking more like a volcano
as the cloud swirled around in the lee of the Sleet How Ridge.
Bassenthwaite Lake and Braithwaite Village
as seen over the Lodge at the start of the climb.
A panorama of the view ahead.
( left to right) Barrow, Causey Pike, Scar Crags, Stile End, Outerside, Eel Crags and Grisedale Pike.
The cloud that was hanging on Grisedale's summit has now gone.
Ann is often ten yards behind me as I walk . . . I therefore must be, by definition, ten yards ahead.
Swinside Fell to our left as we climb.
The distinctive shape of Catbells with heavy cloud behind.
Newlands Valley and the bulk of Maiden Moor where we were a few walks ago.
The notch in the fell side that marks the site of old mine workings.
The spoil heaps from this area spread down towards Uzzicar Farm and the disused Barrow Mines in the valley below.
The village is getting smaller as we reach the upper part of the climb.
There's no snow but the frost of last night has given the high fells a ghostly grey sheen.
Bethan and Harry sit on what there is of a cairn at the summit of Barrow.
A small diversion to the top of Stile End . . . with a rather 'moist lens' view of the fells beyond.
Technical note: Pictures taken with with my Cannon G7 or Ann's Ixus 75 Digital camera.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
This site best viewed with . . . a windproof coat and a waterproof one close at hand.
Previous walk - 8th January 2009 Carrock Fell with Jayne
A previous time up here - 25th December 2007 Barrow Fell with Gareth
Post script: The forecast was right but a few hours out . . . it started raining heavily soon after we got home !