Lake District Walks
Date: 30th December 2007
Distance: 4.2 miles
Ascent: 1274 feet
Time: 2 hours 40 minutes
With: On my own
Start Grid Ref: NY401200
A nice short walk on to Gowbarrow Fell before a visit to the spectacular falls of Aira Force.
Route Summary: Park Brow Foot - Yew Crag - Gowbarrow Fell - Green Hill - Bernard Pike - Aira Force - Park Brow Foot
1. Aira Beck
2. The cairn on the top of Yew Crag
3. Great Mell Fell
4. The top of Gowbarrow Fell
5. Watermillock Common
6. The view of Ullswater on the descent from Gowbarrow Fell
7. Lisa and Ullswater
8. Aira Force
Walk Detail: This was a nice little end of year walk for me and Lisa on a rare day trip out to the Lakes for the two of us together.
The path slanting up to Yew Crag and then contouring round to the shooting hut was a delight with lots of changing views. From the shooting hut on it was a bit of a wet marshy slog but the views were fairly good even though the earlier sunshine had gone and the day was clouding over.
After lunch at the summit the walk to Green Hill was likewise wet in place but the descent via Bernard Pike was particularly fine with great views over Ullswater to the higher fells at the end of the valley. With all the heavy rain in the days previous (Ullswater was nearly lapping up against the road on the drive in) Aira Force was spectacular with a great deal of spray in the air - definitely the higlight of the walk.