22nd August 2007

A summers afternoon on the Lord's Seat fells


Walk Overview
Time 13.40 to 17.20
Duration 3 hr 40 min
Distance 6.2 mile
Ascent 1781 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Darling How - Aiken Plantation - Lord's Seat - Broom Fell - Widow Hause - Graystones - Darling How Plantation - Darling How
Fells visited
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Starting Point Information Centre
Parking spaces near Darling How Farm, Whinlatter Pass

With room for about a dozen or so cars, this spot proves handy for numerous different ascents of the group of fells usually referred to as the Lord's Seat fells. And despite them being grouped together under the name of a single fell, there is actually a nice selection of fells to choose from; including Whinlatter and Greystones.

Parking is free and this is a place I've always managed to get a space, regardless of the time of day or year.


Route Map

What a lovely day; and about time too. Days like this really have been few and far between this summer, so the chance of an afternoon walking in the sun was something I just didn't want to miss.
We'd only been walking for a couple of minutes and as we were heading along this forestry tracks between Darling How Farm and Aiken Beck, we could just about see the entire skyline of the route we would take today. This picture shows Lord's Seat ahead of us and the ridge to Broom Fell on the left of the picture. A little further out of shot to the left, you can see the tree line of Widow Hause and Graystones.

A walk from the Whinlatter Forrest area and onto the same fells as we were on today is just as enjoyable as this route, but at this time of year it does get a little busy around the Whinlatter Forrest area, more to the point though, there's not a lot of sense in trying to take advantage of the good weather by choosing to walk through dense woodland. So, pleased that we'd made the right choice, we found ourselves on the much quieter, Lorton side of the Lord's Seat fells. Incidentally; we only passed three other people while we were out. Not bad for a nice day in August.

Walking along the boundary fence of the newly planted trees.

Almost at Lord's Seat now and walking across an area of fellside which in the past has been known to be very wet under foot. Considering the rain we've had it was surprisingly dry today.

Lord's Seat summit with the Vale of Keswick below us and the Eastern ridge running across the back of the photo. The fell behind the top of the metal post is Great Dodd. It wasn't intentional when I took the picture, but I may as well point it out seen as though it's there.

The higher northern fells (above / behind the trees) and the grass / heather covered summit of Barf below us.
It wasn't very funny at the time, but we had a good laugh today about our previous visit to Lord's Seat and Barf (earlier this year). The hailstones were so painful on that occasion we could feel them through our waterproofs. I dread to think what we looked like; running across the fellside to shelter behind a big stone.

A slightly closer view of the Vale of Keswick, Latrigg and Clough Head.

Looking down to Bassenthwaite and a patchwork of fields leading across to the Solway Firth and the Scottish hills beyond. And of course Binsey; sticking up in the middle of the picture.

The view back up to Lord's Seat.

The fine cairn on Broom Fell is visible from all the fells in this area and acts as a good navigation aid for anyone trying to work out what is what or should that be where is where.

A close up of Old Scales Farm, tucked away on the valley between Broom Fell and Sale Fell.

It doesn't last very long, but I took this photo at the start of the steep path leading up to Graystones. The picture shows Ling Fell and Sale Fell in front of Wythop Moss.

Graystones summit with Lord's Seat and the Skiddaw fells behind.

The photo hasn't came out as clear as I'd hoped, but it really was as clear as a bell today. The hills and fields at the top of the picture are actually on the Scottish side of the Solway Firth.

The fells around Grisedale Pike and Hopegill Head dominated the view as we walked down from Graystones.

And then the fellside just falls away in front of you. Undoubtedly one of the steepest sections of path in the Lake District.
I know this section of path lacks the usual rugged terrain often associated with ascents / descents described as being difficult. As far as out and out steepness goes, this one is almost on a par with such routes as Kirk Fell direct or Yewbarrow.

A close up of Darling How Farm.

Passing the only rocky section on the descent from Graystones.

I suppose "steep" just about sums this picture up !

Tall trees in Darling How Plantation.

On final picture of Lord's Seat, taken from the bridge across Aiken Beck.

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