Outerside is a fell in the Lake
District located 6 kilometres west of Keswick in the north western part
of the national park and is a smaller member of the Coledale group of
fells with a height of 568 metres (1863 feet).
The fell is part
of a ridge on the southern side of Coledale which descends from the
higher fell of Scar Crags and continues over the neighbouring smaller
fell of Barrow before reaching the valley at the village of Braithwaite.
The North Western Fells occupy the area between the rivers Derwent
and Cocker, a broadly oval swathe of hilly country, elongated on a
north-south axis. Two roads cross from east to west, dividing the fells
into three convenient groups. The central sector, rising between
Whinlatter Pass and Newlands Pass, includes Outerside.
highest ground in the North Western Fells is an east-west ridge in this
central sector, beginning with Grasmoor above Crummock Water and then
gradually descending eastwards over Crag Hill, Sail, Scar Crags and
Outerside is a satellite of Scar Crags, standing out
to the north of the main ridge across the marshy depression of High Moss
Outerside has a conical profile in most views and its
upper slopes are clad predominantly in heather.
To the north of
the fell runs the valley of Coledale, falling north eastwards to
Braithwaite and the floodplain of the Derwent.
To the south is
the little dale of Stonycroft Gill, havings its birth at High Moss. It
flows east between Outerside and Causey Pike to join Newlands Beck at
Stair. All of the waters of Outerside thus run to Bassenthwaite Lake.
North east of Outerside the little ridge continues across Low Moss
to the subsidiary top of Stile End (1,466 ft). This was not treated as a
separate fell by Alfred Wainwright, although, some later guidebooks take
a different view. Beyond is Barrow, a shapely fell overlooking
The view from Outerside’s summit cairn is
restricted by the higher Coledale fells of Grisedale Pike, Crag Hill and
Causey Pike in an arc to the west. There is a good prospect of the
Helvellyn range to the east and the Skiddaw group to the north east, as
well as a bird's-eye view directly down into Coledale with the Force
Crag mine at its head.
The fell is ascended either from
Braithwaite or Stair in the Newlands Valley.
The ascent from
Stair uses an old mine road up Stoneycroft Gill which crosses the
shoulder of the fell at a height of 460 m (1,510 ft) from where the
walker then strikes northerly to attain the summit.
route from Braithwaite follows Barrow Gill south westerly before going
west to the highest point.
The fell is often climbed along with
the adjoining fell of Barrow to which it is connected by a ridge.
routes near Outerside