Barrow is small fell in the Lake District reaching a height of 455 metres
(1,494 feet) situated in the quiet and picturesque Newlands Valley just
4 kilometres south west of the town of Keswick.
in height, Barrow commands a fine all round view with the vales of
Keswick and Newlands well seen. The name of the fell originates from the
Anglo Saxon language meaning a hill or long ridge.
Barrow is a
slender ridge climbing south west from Braithwaite wqhich, at the
summit, turns due west across the depression of Barrow Door, diverted by
the valley of Stonycroft Gill. Beyond the col are Stile End and
The valley of Coledale lies to the north west and
Newlands Beck forms the eastern boundary.
A small cairn on grass
marks the summit with heather surrounding the top on all sides. The view
takes in the surrounding higher North Western Fells together with the
Helvellyn range across Derwentwater and Skiddaw standing above Keswick.
Ascents of the fell are usually started from either the Newlands
Valley or Braithwaite, both giving an enjoyable short ramble which can
be combined with the adjoining higher fell of Outerside.
climb from Newlands starts at the hamlet of Stair and utilises an old
mine road up Stonycroft Gill up to a height of 350 metres before veering
back east to attain the summit.
There are two paths from
Braithwaite, one follows the northern ridge of the fell while the other
approaches up the valley of Barrow Gill.
routes near Barrow