Gowbarrow Fell

Gowbarrow Fell Triangulation Pillar
Gowbarrow Fell Triangulation Pillar

Walks By Keyword / Analysis: Cumbria, Gowbarrow Fell, Lake District, Triangulation Point

A Few Facts About Gowbarrow Fell

Location -
Gowbarrow Fell stands at the end of a short ridge ascending slowly to the north east towards Little Mell Fell. This ridge runs parallel to the middle reach of Ullswater providing fine views of the lake. Gowbarrow Fell is the high point of Gowbarrow Park formerly a medieval deer park. To the west of Gowbarrow Fell separating it from the foothills of Hart Side is Aira Beck. This flows down from the rolling fells of the Dodds passing through the village of Dockray before turning south toward the shore of Ullswater. Two main waterfalls, High Force and Aira Force are within this final stretch as the water drops over 200 feet in total. The Aira Force attraction is blessed with two stone bridges at the head and foot making it one of the most photogenic sites in the Lake District with easy access from the main road. The bridges are of particular interest: the lower is made of vertical stones not traditional in these parts while the higher has horizontal stones more in keeping with the dale customs. The falls and the main body of the fell are owned by the National Trust.

Summit -
The summit of the fell is set back to the north whilst a second top generally known as Green Hill (1,522 feet) is nearer to the lake. There are many small knolls spread across the wide plateau but the prevailing landscape is of tough heather and bog. The top bears a triangulation column with a National Trust plaque and provides good views down Patterdale. Better views of Ullswater can be derived from Green Hill.

Wordsworth Connections -
It was at Gowbarrow that on the 15th April 1802 Dorothy Wordsworth noticed daffodils growing on the west side of Gowbarrow. In her Journal she wrote: "When we were in the woods beyond Gowbarrow park we saw a few daffodils close to the water side." It was a record that later (in 1804) inspired William Wordsworth to write one of his most famous poems Daffodils.
Links To Walks


Hill / Mountain Class(s)
Birkett, Easten Fell, Fellranger, Synge, Wainwright

Hill / Mountain Details