Aira Force & Gowbarrow Fell – Wainwrights Walk

Wainwrights climbed: Gowbarrow Fell
Distance: 4.5miles
Elevation: 1365ft

Our first Wainwright climbed together and a nice easy one to start off with. Just a short 4.5 mile route that included taking in Aira Force.

Prices at the National Trust car park are a little on the steep side so something to remember if you use this as a starting point for any walks.

As expected Aira Force was busy with people and the falls were quite empty after an usual dry patch but once we started climbing up alongside the river the number of people reduced and it was nice to start climbing up onto the fells.

The climb to Gowborrow Fell was relatively straight forward and easy but as usual with the Lake District the winds were pretty strong on the tops.

Once you leave the summit of Gowbarrow the return leg gives you spectacular views of Ullswater and the surrounding hills where you can sit on Memorial Seat and watch the Ullswater steamers go up and down Ullswater whilst admiring the views.

So that’s 1 down, just another 213 to go.

Aira Force sign

Aira Force is perhaps the most well known of all the waterfalls in the Lake District and popular with visitors

Aira Force

Aira Force – Just a trickle on the day we visited

Gowbarrow fell summit trig point

Gowbarrow fell summit trig point

Gowbarrow Fell summit

Obligatory summit selfie. Wind was quite strong on the top. 1 down, 213 to go

Looking out over Ullswater near Memorial Seat

Looking out over Ullswater near Memorial Seat


Ullswater and surrounding hills just before dropping back down to the car park

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