Barf Summit
Barf Summit

Walks By Keyword / Analysis: Barf, Cumbria, Lake District

A Few Facts About Barf

Where Is Barf? -
Barf is an eastern shoulder of Lord's Seat. Wainwright claimed that it was a separate fell according to his North Western Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells. The eastern face of Barf is a steep wall of scree falling to the Keswick to Cockermouth road and the lakeshore. The southern boundary of the fell is Beckstones Gill falling over a series of small waterfalls from near the summit of Lord's Seat. At the base of the slope it flows past the former Swan Hotel and into the head of the lake. To the north of Barf is an unnamed stream falling to the lakeshore at Woodend beyond which the land slowly falls away to Beck Wythop. The eastern face begins with several hundred feet of shifting scree giving way to rough and loose crags higher up Slape Crag is the main face. The whole slope falls some 900 feet in a quarter of a mile.

A Summit With A View -
The summit is a small platform with a thin covering of grass only a little way back from the eastern slope. The view eastward to Skiddaw and Longside Edge is excellent with Bassenthwaite Lake in the foreground.

The Bishop Of Barf -
On a rocky site at 700 feet and clearly visible from the Cockermouth to Keswick road is the "Bishop of Barf" a white painted stone marking the spot where according to local legend the Bishop of Derry was killed falling from his horse in 1783 after drunkenly betting he could ride up the hill. Both the Bishop and his horse are said to be buried near a smaller stone the Clerk at the base of the hill. The stone was whitewashed each year by staff at the nearby Swan Hotel until the Hotel was converted to apartments. The whitewashing is now carried out by members of Keswick Mountain Rescue.
Links To Walks

Hill / Mountain Class(s)
400-499 Metre Hill, Birkett, Fellranger, North Western Fell, Synge, Tump, Wainwright

Hill / Mountain Details