|Walkers on the approach to Stockley Bridge from Seathwaite Farm.|
He stopped at Wasdale Head for a meal and he then sought the advice of Will Ritson on his best route to Buttermere; was informed to head over Black Sail, into Ennerdale and over the next range into Buttermere. Mr Barnard made half a jest that he would be likely to lose himself and then set off, heading to Black Sail. This turned out to be prophetic as he was seen by two tourists to be making his way up to Black Sail and was never seen alive again.
|Wasdale Head Inn/Hotel owned by Will Ritson in 1876|
|Mosedale Valley, Wasdale Head, Black Sail Pass branches off to the left of shot.|
|Kirk Fell and the head of Black Sail Pass, viewed from Looking Stead route to Pillar.|
The Bishop of Gloucester was holidaying at Wasdale Head and himself was reporting updates on the search for Mr Barnard. It had been speculated by the searchers that he had either missed the track when in Mosedale itself or had missed it in Ennerdale. Had the former been correct they further speculated that he would have gone up the steep Scree to Windy Gap (now referred to as Wind Gap between Pillar and Scoat Fell and not to be mistaken for the Great and Green Gable Windy Gap), this would put him at risk to the steep screes of Steeple on a descent, but was a calculated area to search. Two other walkers that week had made this navigation error in poor visibility, but had the sense to turn back, knowing they had somehow erred. Had he made Ennerdale it was again speculated that he may have incorrectly taken the Loft Beck, Seavy Knott route to Black Beck Tarn, descending the precipitous rocks below Haystacks and Green Crag. This was perplexing for the family and searchers as it gives a very large search area to cover. They were struggling for a lead and hung on any find that may be related to Mr Barnard. One was a packet of sandwiches found wrapped in a Newcastle Daily Chronicle dated 10th August, which was located two thirds the way down the Steeple ridge. He had links to Newcastle so this seemed worthy of a concerted effort in that region. His cousin James F. Barnard had been relentlessly looking since 18th August and reiterated to the Bishop that Edward was still to be found in the mountains and has not absconded. By Tuesday 29th August his family were giving up hope of him being found alive; Walter and his entourage making their way back to London. If he was going to be found, it would appear he would be found dead. His disappearance was now well known to all walkers and even the finding of American money 'Greenbacks', at Scarth Gap was brought to the attention of the searchers, but that would have put him on the safest leg of his venture.
|The mounded grassy top of Looking Stead and its cairn, from the Pillar side.|
|The view across Ennerdale from Looking Stead, Gough or Scarth Gap Pass to to the far right of shot.|
Following the inquest at Gatesgarth Farm, the body was conveyed to London by the family, for burial at Highgate Cemetery on 13th September. It was the intention of the family to erect a bronze statue to mark the spot of his demise, yet one was never erected but a cairn was believed to have replaced it; Barnard's Cairn.
|Gatesgarth Farm, Buttermere where the inquest was held and the intended destination of E. Barnard's walk.|
|The Cairn, viewed looking down the Ennerdale Valley, High Stile range in view.|
|Looking up the valley, L to R, Haystacks, Brandreth, Green, Gable, Windy Gap and Great Gable.|
|Looking across the Gatesgarth Pass and Haystacks|
|The higher plaque|
|The lower information plaque|
|Looking up to Green Cove, the 'shortcut' taken by Edward Barnard.|
|Heading back over Gatesgarth Pass and looking back.|