Barrow Fell Circular Walk

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4.5 km
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313 m
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Barrow Fell Circular Walk

The Barrow Fell Circular Walk is a family-friendly excursion that will take you up to the summit of Barrow Fell for scenic views of the surrounding Lake District landscape. While out on the trail, you will climb uphill along the green slopes of Stile End, traversing the hillside to the rugged summit of Barrow Fell where you will enjoy a great sightline overlooking Derwent Water. This quick route to the top of the fell is easily accessible and consists of fairly easy terrain, making it suitable for walkers of most skill levels.

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Route Description for Barrow Fell Circular Walk

Walking the Barrow Fell Circular is a quick and easy undertaking thanks to the ease of accessibility from Braithwaite and the laidback terrain on the ascent of the summit. The beautiful views that stretch out across Lakeland also help to make this an amazing hike that can be enjoyed by almost anyone. Setting out from the trailhead, the route will lead you to the southwest along the winding banks of Barrow Gill before traversing the lower slopes of Stile End. Reaching a junction at the southernmost point of the trail, you will turn your attention to the east and make the brief climb up to the summit of Barrow Fell for some lovely views overlooking Derwent Water. From here, you will continue along the trail to the northeast to descend the hillside on the return leg of the walk back to the trailhead.

Getting to the Barrow Fell Circular Walk Trailhead

To reach the trailhead for the Barrow Fell Circular Walk from the Scotgate Holiday Park in Braithwaite, head west on B5292 for 91 m and make a slight left on Croft Terrace, following it for 0.2 km before turning left. Continue on for 0.2 km and make another left, where you will find the trailhead in 0.8 km.

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