25th July 2014

Broom Fell and Lord's Seat


Walk Overview
Time 3 to 5:30 pm
Duration 2 hr 30 min
Distance 4.8 mile
Ascent 1300 ft
Walking with On my own
Darling How - Aiken Plantation - South ridge - Broom Fell - Lord's Seat - 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


All morning I'd looked out of the window to see a perfect blue sky beyond the shiny pipes and girders needed to generate the power we all crave so much. The mercury was rising fast and it would soon be time for me to go outside and play among the fells. Brilliant, I thought, a walk on Lord's Seat will be great this afternoon. Then, as I was making my escape, I looked across to the fells and all I could see was thick, black, thundery looking cloud. O well, you can't win them all. The last thing anyone said to me was "you won't be walking in this are you? It looks like it's gonna empty down"
The best I could think of was to go home for a couple of hours and then head out a little while later than I'd intended. This seems to have paid off in the end, and although I didn't get the unbroken sunshine, I still managed a nice quiet summery walk.

Shortly after setting off I pass Darling How Farm.

Despite the bracken being at full height I still had the notion of walking up Broom Fell by way of its south side. I mean, how tall and tangled can it be !!

A very dry looking Aiken Beck.

Today, , , , my favourite colour is green.

Okay, I know exactly where I am, I know exactly where I've came from and I know exactly where I'm going; but that's the easy bit. The difficult thing here was gaining any sort of swift movement from place to place.

This should be easier, but what's that I spy ahead of me.

Very warm walking up here today.

The view back makes all the effort worth while.

I reach the summit and 'bracken man' is still there. The first things we said were "that was hard work" and "I didn't expect to see anyone else walking up there". We stood talking for a while before he went off towards Graystones and I headed across to Lord's Seat.

Broom Fell summit.

It's a short, easy walk across to Lord's Seat and one I always enjoy a lot. Pity it wasn't about three miles longer.

Lord's Seat was all mine for todays visit which I thought a little strange given the weather and the time of year. In fact, the only person I saw on the whole walk was 'Bracken Man'.
The fell to the left of the post is Causey Pike.

Sunshine on Latrigg.

A not too clear view of the Skiddaw fells behind Barf.

For a brief time I enter the forest.


Thankfully the sun graced me with its presence for the rest of the walk. Very hot and very nice conditions to walk in.




Broom Fell comes back into view.

And to finish, a picture of the bracken route to Broom Fell.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks