31st May 2006

Whinlatter to Graystones from Darling How


Walk Overview
Time 13.25 to 17.45
Duration 4 hr 20 min
Distance 9 mile
Ascent 2621 ft
Walking with On my own
Darling How - Whinlatter - Tarbarrel Moss - Barf - Lord's Seat - Broom Fell - Graystones - 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.


Route Map

Aiken Plantation which is still shown on the maps as being covered in trees.
I've used this route as a descent from Whinlatter a couple of times, but this is the first time I've actually climbed Whinlatter from this side. Progress through the tree stumps and the debris from the tree felling was so slow and difficult. I doesn't look too steep, but if I stood still in the places where the sawdust was still on the ground I started to slide back down.

Above the old tree line at last.

Lord's Seat with the Skiddaw fells behind.

Not the clearest of views I've ever had from Whinlatter summit.

After leaving Whinlatter summit I cut across the edge of Tarbarrel Moss and headed towards the trees on the right of the picture. If you follow the edge of the trees all the way to the corner and climb the fence there's a narrow path which takes you through the trees and onto one of the main forestry tracks.

Barf and the Skiddaw fells taken from my off path route between Whinlatter Forest and the path between Lord's Seat and Barf.

From Barf summit looking down to the Vale of Keswick, the Eastern ridge, the High Seat ridge, Derwent Water and Keswick.

Zooming in to St Bega Church on the far side of Bassenthwaite Lake. Taken from the same place as the previous picture.

Lord's Seat summit.

The large summit cairn on Broom Fell. Lord's Seat is the closer fell behind. It was at this point that the cloud started to clear and it turned into a lovely summers afternoon. I wish I'd started walking a couple of hours later than I did.

Ling Fell, Sale Fell and Binsey (in the far distance) seen over Wythop Moss. The photo was taken at the lowest point between Widow Hause and Graystones.

The Grisedale Pike / Hopegill Head fells seen from the start of the descent from Graystones.

The descent from Graystones, one of the steepest paths in the Lake District.

Lorton Vale and some of the Loweswater fells also taken from the path down from Graystones.

The Grisedale Pike / Hopegill Head fells again, this time taken from the edge of Darling How Plantation.

Walking into the trees of Darling How Plantation.

And walking back out the other side.

Looking across to Lord's Seat and wishing the walk wasn't almost finished.

Piles of recently felld trees next to Darling How Farm and still wishing the walk wasn't finished.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks