11th April 2009

The five Lord's Seat fells


Walk Overview
Time 08.30 to 13.15
Duration 4 hr 45 min
Distance 8.5 mile
Ascent 2500 ft
Walking with On my own
Darling How - Aiken Plantation - Whinlatter Top - Drycloff Gill - Lord's Seat - Barf - below - Lord's Seat - Broom Fell - Widow Hause - Greystones - Darling How Plantation - 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

Looking back along the track in the direction of Darling How Farm (out of site, but it's definitely down there).

Graystones seen from further along the track.

Given that Easter is normally one of the busiest weekends of the year, I wanted to head somewhere a little less likely to be as overcrowded as many parts of the Lakes I could mention. One option would have been to head somewhere right out of the way, where even on bank holiday weekends your just about guaranteed to have the place to yourself; believe it or not they do exist, you just need to know where they are. In the end I settled on a walk around the Lord's Seat fells. I knew I wouldn't exactly find the place deserted, but considering how easy they are to reach, they're generally not to busy.

Heading up through the felled trees in Aiken Plantation, and yes, it was hard work.

Broom Fell. This picture was taken from the point which used to be the top of the tree line.

And another picture looking in almost the same direction as the previous picture.


Whinlatter Top, with Hopegill Head and Ladyside Pike behind.

The next objective on the walk was Lord's Seat (the pointed fell in the centre of the photo). But which route to take? There are quite a few different options by using some of the many forestry tracks in Whinlatter Forest. Today however, I thought I'd try something a little different. First of all I had to take a look to see if I could actually get to the track I had in mind, otherwise I'd have to head in the opposite direction. I knew they'd been felling trees around here, but wasn't sure if there was a gap I could use to walk between Drycloff Gill and the track. As it turned out the gap was wide enough to land an aircraft. It was a bit tricky walking across the branches and tree stumps left behind, but not impossible with a good deal of care.

An apparent confusion of tracks, forest and fells. To tell the truth, the reality isn't too baffling once you've visited the area a few times.

The view towards Lorton Vale, taken from the stile just below the summit of Lord's Seat.


Lord's Seat, taken from Barf summit.

Bassenthwaite Lake. The fell behind in the centre of the picture is Binsey (Binsa).

A close up of the A66 running past Bassenthwaite Lake.

Wythop Valley and Sale Fell. I took this from the off path shortcut I took below Lord's Seat.

Approaching Broom Fell summit.

And the summit itself.

From the other side of the summit Graystones comes into view and also the Cumbrian coastal plane stretching across to the Solway Firth.

Ling Fell, Sale Fell and Binsey seen behind Wythop Moss.

After leaving Graystones I began the extremely steep descent down the edge of Darling How Plantation. And while the route may be steep, the view over the beautiful Lorton Vale is well worth all the hard work your legs have to do.

And looking back up.

Walking through Darling How Plantation in warm sunshine, without a breath of wind and with the only sound being that of the birds.

A final view back along the track near Darling How Farm.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks