6th March 2010

A day on the Lord's Seat fells after quickly working out a plan "B"


Walk Overview
Time 08.00 to 14.20
Duration 6hr 20 min
Distance 11.6 mile
Ascent 3400 ft
Walking with Richard Ratcliffe
Roadside near Wythop Church - Sale Fell - Rivings - Chapel Wood - Brumston Bridge - Ling Fell - edge of Wythop Moss - near Broom Fell - Lord's Seat - Barf - below Lord's Seat - Broom Fell - Widow Hause - Graystones - Darling How Plantation - parking spaces near Darling How Farm
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside parking, near Wythop Church

This litterally is parking alongside the road, with more of the car being on than off the road. There are some wider spaces in front of the church, but for instant access to the fellside below Sale Fell this is the beat spot.

Obviously parking is free along here.


Route Map

Well I certainly didn't expect to be photographing this so early in the day. We had intended to set out from Darling How Farm, which would have meant getting here somewhere around midday. Unfortunately, when we arrived there the place was rapidly filling up with cars and people. It turned out that they were holding the 35th Malcolm Wilson rally and the forest tracks were closed.

Never mind; the plans may have been changed, but they weren't ruined. We left one car where it was, and drove around to Wythop. This would allow us to walk six of the original seven fells we'd planned to visit, without the need to use the forest tracks.

Sale Fell summit in front of the rather grey looking Skiddaw fells.

A view across to three of the six fells we'd visit today; Lord's Seat, Broom Fell and Graystones.

We were more or less off Sale Fell now and walking towards Chapel Wood.

Chapel Wood; much nicer when the sun is shining, but still an enjoyable walk nonetheless.

The remains of Wythop old church. This church is said to date back to the 14th or the 16th century.

And all at once I saw a crowd, a host of white Snowdrops.
OK, it may not have the same ring as Wordsworth's original poem about those other yellow flowers, but you have to admit there was indeed a good sized crowd of them here.

A close up of Wythop Mill.

We were met by this welcoming party more or less at the point at which we began to head up to Ling Fell.

Ling Fell summit.

Sale Fell, seen from the edge of Wythop Moss, just as it started to get a bit squelchy under foot.

I took this picture looking back to Ling Fell from the north western edge of Wythop Moss. A wet area to say the least, but with such limited options, it does offer a convenient way to walk across to the fells on the opposite side of the valley.

Due to changing our original plan, we ended up doing a long(ish) out and back from here to Lord's Seat and Barf.

Lord's Seat summit. The fell behind the metal post is Barf.

Before we head down to Barf, Richard admires the view and contemplates the ridge across to Broom Fell.

Approaching Barf summit, but never mind the view, we were both more than ready for something to eat.

OK, we can look at the view as well as have something to eat.

Sunshine on the far side of Bassenthwaite Lake.

Broom Fell with its larger than average summit cairn is easy to spot from miles around.

Looking back to Lord's Seat.

Not that's what I call a cairn; definitely one of the largest in the Lake District.

It feels like ages since we were down there on Ling Fell.

Graystones summit.

Heading down from Graystones is one of the steepest (straight up or down) routes in the Lakes, but what a view you get for your hard work.

High on the skyline is Lord's Seat, taken from our crossing point of Aiken Beck ( I think it's still Aiken Beck at this point anyway )

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