3rd August 2008

Graystones and Broom Fell


Walk Overview
Time 10.15 to 12.45
Duration 2 hr 30 min
Distance 5.6 mile
Ascent 1611 ft
Walking with On my own
Darling How - Darling How Plantation - Graystones - Kirk Fell - Widow Hause - Broom Fell - South Ridge - Aiken Beck - Darling How
Fells visited
Directory places visited

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

Heading along the track near Darling How Farm, shortly before I turned left; where the guy is with the dog.

It was a strange day today. There was a constant threat of rain, but somehow I managed to stay dry for the whole of the walk; from time to time I even managed a brief spell of warm sunshine, as this picture shows.

Sunshine dancing across the fellside on the opposite side of Whinlatter Pass.

Lorton Vale was looking a bit brighter at this time. All was about to change however, as one of the other pictures will show.

To avoid the need to tackle this steep section of path at the beginning of the walk, I took a route through Darling How Plantation. So, with my legs sufficiently warmed up I now headed up the top section of the route.

No camera tricks here; it really is this steep!

Broom Fell on the left and a dark looking Lord's Seat on the right hand side of the picture.
Well, so far the rain had held off, so I decided to have a walk across to Kirk Fell (not the Wasdale one).

Looking towards the Cumbrian coast from the large cairn just past Kirk Fell.

And also looking down to Lorton.

"I don't believe it", I said out loud. Closely followed by a plea for the rain not to come my way. Apologies to anyone on Grasmoor, but thankfully my plea was answered and the rain moved towards the Grasmoor / Whiteside direction.

Sale Fell and Binsey seen from the route to Widow Hause.

And looking back to Widow Hause.

A cloud topped Skiddaw fells, taken from Broom fell summit.

Yet another close shave with the rain. But who turned the light off.

After leaving Broom Fell I followed this ruined wall down to Aiken Beck, , , ,

, , , where I came face to face with a sea of bracken, some of which was taller than me. The narrow path was still easy enough to find, but the soaking wet bracken made it extremely hard going. I should know better !!

In the thick of it; so to speak.

And again.

This is better. Now it was a simple walk back to the car (not the way I'm looking here).

David Hall -
Lake District Walks