6th may 2007

A wet day on the Whinlatter fells


Walk Overview
Time 10.35 to 13.45
Duration 3 hr 10 min
Distance 5.6 mile
Ascent 1800 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Whinlatter Pass - Whinlatter Top - Tarbarrel Moss - Lords Seat - Barf - Beckstones Plantation - Comb Gill - Comb Plantation - Whinlatter Pass
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

A more then adequately sized car park offering access to Whinlatter Forest and the multitude of walking routes through the woods. Better still is it's closeness to the Lord's Seat fells (including Whinlatter itself).

Refreshments can be bought next to the car park at Siskins Café.


Route Map

Walking along one of the forest tracks above Whinlatter Pass.

Grisedale Pike comes into view as we leave the forest and walk up the steep fence line to reach Whinlatter.

A rather darkening view across to Keswick, Derwent Water with the Central and Eastern fells behind.

Lord's Seat seen from Whinlatter top. It looks much further away than it actually is.

The next point on the route was Tarbarrel Moss, seen here in front of the trees.

Any route will do just aim for the trees and then turn left.

That's good we thought; it's actually starting to brighten up a little. Not for long though.

Looking back to the broad forest track from the start of the "short cut" we took to reach the main Lord's Seat path.
A couple of minutes or so after taking this picture we were standing under the trees desperately trying to get our waterproofs on before we got totally soaked.

Aproaching Lord's Seat.

Blowing a gale, bucketing down and being told to hurry up and take the photo on Lord's Seat.

Not quite as windy, even heavier rain and being told to hurry up again, this time on Barf.
Incredibly there were people up here wearing shorts, fleece tops and carrying no rucksack. They must have been soaked to the skin and getting colder by the minute. You don't need to be a genius to work out what would happen if you twisted an ankle and were unable to walk any further in these cold, wet conditions.

I know the weather forecast isn't often 100% accurate, but it is usually close enough to give a good indication of the conditions you can expect on the fells. A couple of minutes invested in looking at the forecast and then dressing to cope with the conditions could possibly save your life one day.

Given the choice of carrying clothes I don't end up using or sitting on the side of a fell somewhere feeling wet, cold and wishing I'd brought more. I know which one I'd go for.


And then the rain stopped for a brief spell, but by that time we were heading back to the car.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks