Barf (via the Bishop) and Lords Seat

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Photo from the walk - Barf (via the Bishop) and Lords Seat

Nat Park - Lake District

County/Area - Cumbria

Author - John Paterson

Length - 4.0 miles / 6.5 km

Ascent - 1650 feet / 500 metres

Grade - mod/hard

Not as easy as it looks this short Lake District walk is full of challenges as it includes one of the most noticeable features of the North Western fells - the bishop of Barf. This walk passes the Bishop on the way to the summit. Although the walk is short, this direct ascent of Barf is a steep climb on scree and heather plus an easy but exposed rock traverse at the half way point which puts the walk close to the "hard" category and only fit walkers with some scrambling experience should attempt it. Others will find a much easier path marked on the map approaching the summit of Barf from near the top of Beckstones Gill. 

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Note : The distances quoted to other walks in the vicinity are measured in a straight line. The distance by road may be further.

Recommended Reading

Lake District: Low Level and Lake Walks

Lake District: Low Level and Lake WalksThis guidebook describes 30 of the best low-level walks in the Lake District. From delightful wooded glades and sparkling tarns, to waterfalls and glacier-carved valleys towered over by craggy mountains. The walks described aim to seek out the best walking that the lower areas of the Lake District have to offer.
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Great Mountain Days in the Lake District

Great Mountain Days in the Lake DistrictAn inspirational guidebook to 50 challenging walks on the high fells of the Lake District. The graded circular routes, between 4 and 14 miles in length, cover classic Lakeland summits like Fairfield, Scafell Pike, Great Gable and Blencathra, to the lesser-known High Spy, King's How and Brund Fell.
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Area Information

Lake District NP

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