Gowbarrow Fell

We had decided to see Wordsworth's daffodils in Glencoyne Park, which turned out to be the culmination of this walk over the adjacent fell.  Gowbarrow is the fell on the right as you drop down to Ullswater past Dockray from the A66.  We decided to start the walk from Dockray, ascending the fell from the west and then dropping down towards Ullswater along a well defined path which offered great views of the lake and the high fells at its southern end.

I don't recall having climbed Gowbarrow before, but my ancient OS map has a route marked out on it from 1984, so I suppose we must have done it!  That was the year we were introducing our four children to the Lakes, and we must have done something right, 'cos they're still coming. In fact, one was on this walk, accompanying Joanna, myself and the dogs.

Here are some pictures
(click on any picture for a larger version):

The bridge in Dockray.  Spring is late...
From Dockray we took the track eastwards, leading to the path which almost encircles Gowbarrow.  If going clockwise, as we were, you need to cut up off the path around Ulcat Row, which seems to comprise three houses, of which this is one.

Looking north to Great Mell Fell.
This cairn certainly helps to identify the top of Gowbarrow Fell, where you could otherwise easily get lost in a wide area of rather featureless bumps and hollows.  This is the view north-east towards the Pennines.

Here we are looking at Little Mell Fell, with Penrith in the distance.
The top of Gowbarrow, with Blencathra in the background.

Looking across the top of Gowbarrow towards Penrith and the Pennines.
From the top of Gowbarrow Fell a well-trodden path leads down south-west to the lake and Aira Force, opening up some spectacular views.  This picture is on maximum zoom, and shows St Sunday Crag and Dollywaggon Pike in the distance.

No zoom this time, so you can see the lake as well.
Slightly lower down - we are dawdling taking pictures, and the dogs are chasing us up as usual...

To the left of the green fields are the woods where you can see Wordsworth's daffodils, and the trees in the foreground are lining the Aira Force falls.  Quite a sight, but unfortunately I have no pictures, since I was volunteered to go and fetch the car from Dockray, which is a mile or so up to the right.
Here are the daffodils!  I think perhaps we were a few days early for the best effect, but still...

Samba saying "thank you" at the end of the walk.

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