Driving alongside Bassenthwaite Lake most people will have noticed the obvious white rock (known as ‘The Bishop of Barf’) on the steep sides of Barf. From the road the fell looks incredibly intimidating as though it cannot be climbed, but there are two ways up to the top from this direction, one is too dangerous (I had Jamie with me) so we took the easier, but equally steep track up through the plantation which eventually leads on to the top and a stunning view over the lake.
The climb up through the plantation is steep and laborious, with only tantalising glimpses of the view below. A challenging small rock step is the only real thrill of the ascent, but once we are above the trees the incredible view makes the climb worthwhile…
Skiddaw and the southern end of Bassenthwaite Lake (and a big drop below!)
Latrigg and Keswick backed by Clough Head, Great Dodd and Stybarrow Dodd
In the distance are Stybarrow Dodd, Raise, White Side, Helvellyn and Dollywagon Pike with Bleaberry Fell and High Seat in the middle distance.
Catbells catches the sun with Ullscarf and High Raise behind
Pike o’ Stickle, Glaramara, Bow Fell, Esk Pike and Causey Pike