22nd April 2011

Whinlatter to Graystones


Walk Overview
Time 08.55 to 14.25
Duration 5 hr 30 min
Distance 9.3 mile
Ascent 2300 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Darling How Farm - Aiken Plantation - Brown How - Whinlatter Top - Tarbarrel Moss - Lord's Seat - Barf - Broom Fell - Widow Hause - Graystones - Darling How Plantation - Darling How Farm
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

Bank holidays are known to bring crowds of people into the Lake District, and given the forecasted good weather, today was bound to be busy or at least certain places would be. To avoid the holiday traffic we headed somewhere easy to reach from home, and to avoid the worst of the crowds we chose somewhere which is generally much quieter then the more popular areas.
We had a quick count up at the end of the walk and all we saw were 5 people, 1 dog, 2 deer and lots of sheep; not bad for a bank holiday. You just need to know where to go, what route to take and what time to set off.

A view back along the track near Darling How farm shows the pointed top of Ladyside Pike up on the skyline.

Broom Fell, seen on the opposite side of the valley.

If you're walking an odd combination of fells, sometime you need to be a bit inventive with your routes. In this case, my inventiveness was to head straight up through the area of felled trees. It's very steep and hard going, but it does get the job done.

"I know it's hard work walking through this stuff, but at least the hard part of the walk is done now.

Whinlatter summit in front of Lord's Seat (left) and very hazy Skiddaw (right).

From the corner of the trees in Tarberrel Moss you get this view across to Grisedale Pike.

"It's a bit spooky in here"
"Why do you think I want you to go first"

Back out of the woods now and walking along one of the main forest tracks. If for some reason you decided not to continue onto any of the other fells, this track eventually takes you back to the car park.

Heading up to Lord's Seat.

Lord's Seat summit. The nearer fell to the right is Barf.

Taking a break on Barf.

A view down to Bassenthwaite Lake from Barf.

Laziness prevailed and we traversed around the side of Lord's Seat instead of walking back up to the top. To be honest, it takes less effort to walk back up than it does to walk along here. The narrow path soon gives way to heather and grassy tussocks.

Almost, but not quite at Broom Fell summit.

And a few minutes later we're standing at the top.

Ahead of us is Graystones, but first we need to walk along the tree line across Widow Hause.

I took this picture looking across Wythop Moss to Ling Fell and Sale Fell just as we began the short sharp walk up to Graystones.

Graystones summit.

Now for the very steep descent off Graystones.


We rejoined the Darling How track from the turning you can see on the left. From here to the car takes less than ten minutes.

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Lake District Walks