Barf, Broom Fell and Lord’s Seat are a group of fells that are often walked together, however, the difficulty of the “Direct Route” of Barf is often underestimated, and in recent years there have been many reports of fellwalkers becoming crag-fast in the region of Slape Crag. There is an easier route to the summit of Barf via Beckstones Gill, which is illustrated in The North Western Fells guide as the “Usual Route” on page: Barf 4. If the direct route is to be taken, then we strongly advise that it is climbed on a dry clear day; Alfred Wainwright describes the ascent in great detail, so taking the guide book with you is essential.

“Not a walk. A very stiff scramble, suitable only for people overflowing with animal strength and vigour.” Barf 6

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