Graceful Barrow

  • An easy first time mountain
  • Start at pretty Braithwaite village
  • Views over Skiddaw and Bassenthwaite Lake

1,494 ft. As it becomes more and more difficult to ‘get at’ Catbells due to the increasingly restricted parking Barrow’s appeal grows by the day. In many ways Barrow is very similar to Catbells and is a great first family walk. The slopes are not steep, easy gradients throughout, the hill is not high and there is no danger at all of either becoming lost or tipping off a rocky outcrop. For the brave there is an option to go further, in the case of Barrow the undulating ridge to Outerside is a pleasant if simple walk which does not stray from the clutches of Braithwaite.

Barrow was my eldest daughter’s first fell (albeit in a back pack) and I have always held it with some affection. However on returning recently I was particularly enamoured by the green swath of path which rises gently up from the farm outside Braithwaite, easy walking for anyone. The summit is a fine place to spend some time, partly because of its proximity right in the mouth of the Coledale Horseshoe. The views over the Lake at Bassenthwaite and the fact the summit area is a lovely spot only help making this a lovely part day walk.

Recommend: Continuing to at least Stile End if not all the way to Outerside adds considerably to the walk with little effort

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL4 The English Lakes North West. Buy Map
Start Point: NY 230236. Park on one of the side rows in Braithwaite and aim for the farm signed past the Post Office
Height to Climb: 496 ms (1,627 feet)
Terrain: The walking on the ridge to Barrow is as pleasant as anything in the Lake District. The return via the col between Barrow and Stile End is good as well and offers a nice contrast to the ridge.
Eating & Drinking: There are 2 excellent places to eat in Braithwaite. the Coledale Inn & the Royal Oak, two of my favourite Lakeland pubs, a real positive for this walk.
Similar Walks Nearby: Flanks of Newlands
Catbells from Little Town
Derwentwater via Walla Crag
Places to Stay:


Coledale Inn, Braithwaite