Date & Time: Wednesday March 7th 2007. 3.45 pm start.
Location of Start : The Church and Village Hall, Braithwaite, Cumbria, Uk. ( NY 229 236 )
Places visited : Braithwaite, Barrow, Barrow Door, return via High Coledale track.
Walk details : 3 mls, 1250 ft of ascent, 1 hour 45 mins.
Walked with : Ann and the dogs, Harry and Bethan.
Weather : Sunny to start but cloud obscured the late afternoon sun. Windy and colder as we climbed.
Braithwaite Church and Village Hall
Where were we - oh yes - we were out to exercise ourselves and the dogs with an afternoon walk.
This is Braithwaite Lodge Farm looking across to Bassenthwaite Lake.
Slightly higher up we had clear views of Skiddaw, resplendent in the very pleasant afternoon sun.
Looking over to Keswick, with Great Mell Fell in the distance.
Latrigg and Blencathra to the left, Clough Head to the right.
Climbing Barrow gave us great views over Swinside (with the trees) and Derwent Water.
Catbells and Maiden Moor are the fells on this side of the lake.
Behind Bleaberry Fell, on the other side, is the extended ridge of the Helvellyn massif, from Clough Head all the way to Helvellyn summit itself.
Half way up Barrow is the remnants of an old mine.
I think they were prospecting for tin ore, as the workings were just across the valley from the important Coledale Mines.
Looking down on Stoneycroft Farm and the Newlands Valley.
It is gratifying to see the vegetation has grown back after the extensive fire a few years ago.
With the sun obscured by cloud, the wind had increased and the temperature plunged.
We rounded the top and made our way down towards Barrow Door.
From here we cut back down towards the village, got distracted talking to two other fellwalkers, and in no time we were down in the village.
The Coledale Inn, complete with their new extension.
Cutting down to the car by the short unmade track we passed this Blackthorn tree, just starting into bloom.
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Technical note: Pictures taken with a Canon G7 Digital camera.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
This site best viewed with . . . a little bit of retail therapy beforehand.
Previous walk - 2nd March 2007 High Spy from Seatoller before the rain
A previous time up here - 23rd October 2003 A Late afternoon on Barrow
Next walk - 9th/10th March 2007 Two local walks with Bethan and 'Scar-face' Harry