25th October 2014

A walk around the Lord's Seat fells


Walk Overview
Time 8:20am to 1:45pm
Duration 5 hr 25 min
Distance 8.6 mile
Ascent 2600 ft
Walking with Paul sharkey and Tom Oxburgh
Darling How - Aiken Plantation - Brown How - Whinlatter Top - Tarbarrel Moss - Ullister Hill - Beckstones Gill - Barf - Lord's Seat - Broom Fell - Widow Hause - Graystones - towards Scawgill Bridge - 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


Well, if you'd asked me a couple of days ago, I wouldn't have guessed we'd be walking here today. We should have been walking over the top of Skiddaw; that was until the weather department told us the wind would be far too strong for comfort. When I say comfort, I actually mean safety. Walking is great but it's not worth the risk of getting hurt for. So, the Lord's Seat fells were suggested as an alternative and this proved to be a good move.

The colours were lovely through here today with the bracken providing the golden carpet between all the areas of trees. A bit of sunshine would have been nice to show is off more but is hardly seems right to send out a letter of complaint. O yes, that's Broom Fell on the left and Lord's Seat behind the big tree.

We leave the forest track now and head up through the trees to reach Whinlatter. Each time I come here the trees have grown that little bit higher and thicker. I reckon in a few years time these off path routes straight up through the trees will be far too difficult.

The fence line is reached and I look over to Broom Fell.
FYI - the summit of the fell is at the top of the wall, not at the highest point seen from this angle.

Away from the shelter of the fellside we were not feeling the full force of the wind. Someone said something along the lines of "it's a good job were here and not on the top of Skiddaw". The rain had now caught us as well.

From the corner of the tree line at Tarbarrel Moss there a shortcut through the woods which takes you down to the main forest track again.
Notice just how neat the line of the path is. It almost looks like it's been cut out for some reason.

At this point we were fairly close to Lord's Seat and after a couple of minutes weighing up our options, it seemed a good idea to walk the opposite way and visit Barf first.

Ahead of us we see Barf.

I wonder how often the cleaning lady comes along to hoover the carpet.

The sun was lighting up the trees, the mist was rising and I made some stupid remark that the day could be drying up after all.

The view from Barf towards Derwent Water and Keswick.

and also a view of Dodd and the Skiddaw fells. Although, Dodd blends in so well with the fells behind, it's difficult to pick it out unless you look closely and squint you eyes a little.

Bassenthwaite Lake and Binsey.

Barf summit.

Sale Fell is seen on our right hand side as we walk between Barf and Lord's Seat.

Mmmmm, water standing on a slope. Something isn't quite as it should be around here!

Whinlatter is seen on the opposite side of the valley.

Broom Fell summit.

Down there you can see Ling Fell which looks much bulkier from here than it feels when you actually walking on it.

Graystones summit in front of Lord's Seat.

At this point we had expected that weather to reach us within the next ten minutes or so. Luckily for us, it came about half way down Lorton Vale and the decided give Whiteside and Grasmoor a soaking instead.

Just below here the fellside drops away to give one of the steepest paths you'll find anywhere in the Lakes. Great view though eh?

Looking across to Lord's Seat from the rocky bit. The farm on the right of the picture is Darling How.

A view back up gives some indication just how steep this section of path is.

Skawgill Bridge.

And again, from the path we followed back to the cars.

We're almost back at the cars now with only a short distance left to walk. Down here we were pretty well sheltered from the storm and tempest raging higher up. And, although mother nature may have been in a bad mood today, we weren't, so we headed off feeling satisfied with our efforts and pleased with the walk we'd chosen as an alternative to what we had planned.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks