Aira Force and Gowbarrow Fell
Sitting above the banks of Ullswater, to the NW of the junction of the A592 and A5901 lays the grounds of Gowbarrow Park, owned and managed by the National Trust and home to the stunning Aira Force waterfalls.
Nestled in the middle (ish) of Gowbarrow Park is Gowbarrow Fell which rises 481m above the huge expanse of Ullswater and, as the weather was pretty rubbish and along with a walk up to the falls, was to be our "target" for the day.
|A huge "Sitka" Spruce tree, the size of which doesn't come across in the photo!|
|A bizarre money log along the path|
Heading up from the small visitors centre and information boards you walk through a variety of paths with well marked trees and trails before reaching the river of Aira Beck and and then the main falls themselves.
|Aira Force - in full force|
|The view down Aira Force|
|Looking up onto Gowbarrow Fell|
|Up into the snow and gloom on the path to Gowbarrow Fell|
The wind was blowing in the cloud and blotting out the sun which earlier in the day had been struggling to come out, leaving us with a gloomy, claggy vista that took some getting used to after the glorious crisp sky of yesterday's walk on Place Fell.
|Gowbarrow Fell summit trigg point|
|Speckled with snow on the summit of Gowbarrow Fell|
While not really a serious detour or one that negatively affected either the distance or difficulty of our walk it is worth pointing out that it's often on the simplest of walks that you start to take your eye off the ball and get complacent, and just because you're not up as high or as far away from the car/road there is no real reason or excuse for doing this.
Ironically, the name of this blog is Always Take a Compass - which I do, and did, I just needed to remember to use it!
|Looking down across the fell towards Ullswater Lake|
|Cairn near Memorial Seat|
There are a few longer walks from the main car park, this on (below) being the longest that's marked out but you can easily string this loop together with numerous other trails around the area to create your own walk, but do remember that compass and keep an eye on the map!
Walk route, recorded on my Garmin Forerunner 935;