Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Gowbarrow Fell after work

up on Gowbarrow Fell, now the climbing is done, we can have fun

Jonathan and I were working in Penrith today.  It's about 40 minutes from home along the A66 and you pass lots of fells, effectively going from west to east lakeland.  We agreed to pack our running gear and get up a fell on the way home.  Gowbarrow seemed a perfect choice.  It's just a short drive off the A66 and is a fell that can be done quickly.

It was a beautiful evening, after climbing to the summit, we explored the trail that goes all the way around the fell.  This is a brilliant track, all very runnable and great scenery looking over Ullswater across to Place Fell.

After messing about on the summit a bit, we started the run properly.  My legs were tired from lots of running this week and I felt it most on the initial downhill from the summit.  Once the track turns the corner, it levels out quite well and turns into a brilliant single track run.

great trail

across Ullswater

running selfie

We stopped at an area where the path drops down Yew Crag to admire the scenery and take some more pictures.  We decided to head up as the path dropped because I was worried about losing height and having to climb up again.  Looking at the route we took, I think we could have stayed on the path and would have been ok.  We eventually picked up the path along the beck and had a short run back to the footbridge and back to the car.

4 miles

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