30th August 2009

Lucky to stay dry on the Lord's Seat fells


Walk Overview
Time 08.30 to 12.30
Duration 4 hr
Distance 6.5 mile
Ascent 1700 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Darling How Farm - Aiken Plantation - Lord's Seat - Broom Fell - Widow Hause - Graystones - Darling How Plantation - Darling How Farm
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

Darling How Farm.

Although Lord's Seat can be clearly seem from the section of track near Darling How Farm, we soon lost sight of it as our route took us along the southern side of the fell and into the woodland around the Ullister Hill area. When the summit does eventually come back into view, you're almost there.

Given that the forecast was for heavy rain to move in by midday, we had a slightly earlier than normal start in the hope of missing the worst of it. As it turned out, we were very lucky and stayed dry for almost the whole walk. What I hadn't expected was the spell of sunshine we had at the start of the walk.
I don't think a weekend of sunshine like this it too much to expect in August, or perhaps it is!

A view back through the valley.

"By the way, the next bit will be wet and muddy"
"Now he tells us"

I should point out it really is much wetter and much muddier than this picture makes it look.
Even though there isn't one, it was was here that I got told off for walking too fast for them to follow my so called "easy" route.

Lord's Seat summit, looking towards Bassenthwaite Lake and Binsey.

And now towards Barf, the Skiddaw fells and on the right hand side of the picture, Clough Head.

Further round again and you're now looking across to Whinlatter and Grisedale Pike; the highest point on the skyline.

So far so good with the weather as we head away from Lord's Seat and make our way across to Broom Fell.

A close up of Binsey.

Looking back to Lord's Seat.

Broom Fell summit. From here we could see the rain moving across from the Loweswater direction. It turned out not to be the case, but at this stage I thought we were in for a right soaking.

Still on Broom Fell's summit, only this time looking back towards Lord's Seat. The fells to the left of Lord's Seat are Clough Head and Great Dodd.

Ling Fell seen behind Wythop Moss.

Graystones summit.

Lorton Vale opening up below us as we begin the steep descent off Graystones.

As does the view towards Whinlatter Pass, Grisedale Pike and Hopegill Head.

Bucketing down at the far end of the valley.

I did say it would be steep !!

A tangle of grasses, ferns and trees.


David Hall -
Lake District Walks