Barrow stands in the Newlands Valley at an elevation of 455 m (1,493 ft) and with a prominence of around 60 m (197 ft). Its parent peak is Outerside and it is listed as a Wainwright. An ascent to Barrow’s summit will give spectacular views all around, particularly down onto the Vale of Keswick and Derwent Water. A small cairn marks the summit. The usual ascent is from Braithwaite village near Bassenthwaite Lake, via a clear path up the northern ridge. It is often climbed in conjunction with its neighbouring higher fell, Outerside.