Lake District walks - Barrow

This is the first false summit...

Here is the Swinside Inn with a snowy Helvellyn ridge in the background, on a sunny January afternoon.

Looking further south, over Catbells. This time in summer. Click on this picture for a high-resolution version.

From roughly the same point on Barrow, this is the view of Keswick behind the Swinside plantation, in winter.

Here is a greener version of the same view, taken in April.

This picture shows some of the destruction caused on Barrow by the fire in April 2003. Click for a high-resolution version.

The heather is growing again, thank goodness! This is in June 2005, after two years - nothing at all happened in 2004, except that the bracken tried to take over, but all is now well, it seems.

Here's what you get in winter...

And, to the north-west, Braithwaite and Bassenthwaite Lake.

in winter

in summer

Lastly, some pictures as you drop down to Barrow Door.

This north-west side of Barrow was burnt as well, but only near the top.

Looking south west, up Stonycroft Gill.

Looking across to Causey Pike, and over to the Helvellyn ridge, as the sun is setting .

Down at the Door. You can see the path straight down to Stonycroft Gill, on the left. Straight ahead is the path over to the main Gill track you can see in the distance, from Stair down on the left up to Sail Pass.

In April 2003 almost all the heather and bracken on the eastern and southern sides of Barrow were destroyed in a fire - after some eight weeks without any significant rain!

Two months later, and Barrow is green again - or at least that part where bracken grows!

The heather takes far longer to recover. This is the south-western flank of Barrow, a year after the event.

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For somewhere to stay nearby, try

Highbridge Cottage.

© P. G. R. Rigg 14/07/2005