Weather: Warm, humid, no wind
Where: Barrow, Braithwaite, Lake District
Barrow probably doesn't figure too highly in many folks' view of a classic day out in the Lake District, however, we have taken a couple of Y5/6 school groups up in the last year and have found it to have some commendable features: good accessibility from Braithwaite; the feeling of being in the mountains; achievable for young people with no experience of an upland environment; comfortably doable in a short time frame etc.
Today we parked in Braithwaite village and were quickly off the roads and walking up the lane towards Braithwaite Lodge, through the farm and on to the fell. The weather was humid but stayed dry for us all day.
Its a steady climb up the broad ridge and we had good views all around: Bassenthwaite Lake; Skiddaw; Derwent Water & Keswick; Grisedale Pike & Causey Pike. A Sea King helicopter was out practising in the area, often below us. Numerous activities were undertaken on the ascent in an attempt to "ease the pain" and an extended lunch break was taken on the summit. Drop down to Barrow Door & then a walk out alongside Barrow Gill with gentle gradients.
We finished the day with a visit to the excellent Whinlatter Visitor Centre for ice cream!
|Looking Back to Braithwaite & Bassenthwaite|
|Sea King Below Us|