11th April 2014

Lord's Seat and Broom Fell


Walk Overview
Time 2 to 4pm
Duration 2 hr
Distance 4.8 mile
Ascent 1300 ft
Walking with On my own
Darling How - Aiken Plantation - Lord's Seat - Broom Fell - South ridge - Aiken 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.


Weather Readings

The Gadget
All readings were taken using a Kestrel 2000 Weather Meter
Live temperature recorded at the time I press the hold key
Maximum Wind Speed Maximum wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location Average Wind Speed
Average wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location
Wind Chill
Combination of wind speed and temperature. The gadget does the calculations not me.

Route Map


As it was such a nice afternoon, rather than go straight home I headed round to the bottom of Whinlatter Pass and had a walk up Lord's Seat and Broom Fell. At lower level the sun was pleasantly warm and this in itself felt fantastic and most welcome. Just in front of me you can see Darling How Farm. Not what you could call remote by any stretch of the imagination but peaceful and quiet it certainly is.


Into the trees I go for a short while.
The lack of greenery on the right hand side of the path shows how sheltered from the sun these forest paths can be.

I join the main Lord's Seat path now and once I reach this spot the Skiddaw fells come into view.

A view back along the path and you can see the northern fells on the left, Clough Head and the Dodds on the right and in the far distance centre, you have Great and Little Mell Fells.

Ahead of me is Lord's Seat. From the car to the top took me exactly one hour.

Lord's Seat summit.

That's the route to Broom Fell and if you'll permit me to state the obvious, the path is pretty easy to follow..

A close up of Binsey and Bassenthwaite Lake.

Looking back to Lord's Seat.

It was quite breezy on Broom Fell summit, so much so that a couple sitting the shelter must have felt sorry for me because they offered me a spot next to them. "You're okay thanks, I'm heading down now" "Ah, you're going down the steep route are you"

Heading down the steep route onto the path you can see down there. Once I reached the path, it's only a short walk back to the car.

The lady in the shelter asked if I was taking the steep route and steep it certainly is.

Looking across to Lord's Seat.

Loking back up to Broom Fell.

A view across to Greystones.

I cross the very narrow Aiken Beck along here. Considering the size of the catchment area the beck has a surprisingly small amount of water flowing.


Well, for just under 5 miles of effort that was an excellent walk.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks