5th August 2011

Ladyside Pike from Whinlatter Pass


Walk Overview
Time 14.20 to 17.25
Duration 3 hr 5 min
Distance 6.5 mile
Ascent 2100 ft
Walking with On my own
Car Park Darling How - Whinlatter Pass - Blaze Bridge - Ladyside Pike north ridge - Ladyside Pike - Hope Gill - road above High Swinside Farm - Blaze Bridge - Whinlatter Pass - Car Park 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

I thought I'd try something slightly different today and have a walk up Ladyside Pike from Whinlatter Pass. The main reason was because I've always walked onto Ladyside Pike from Hopegill Head and it was about time I climbed it for its own sake. It was also the first time I've walked the ridge in this direction.


Graystones and Darling How Plantation taken from the steep pull up onto the ridge.

Whinlatter (the fell and the pass), Hobcarton End and in the distance you can see Clough Head.

I took this picture of Lorton, the Cumbrian coastal plane and the Solway as I headed across to join up with the 'proper' path up the ridge.

A view up to Ladyside Pike; the one in front with the sun on it. The pointed fell to the right is Hopegill Head.

It looks like three helicopters on the right hand side of the picture. Unfortunately it was some of those black insects you get at this time of year; the ones that fly with their legs dangling under them. On one hand, at least these ones tend not to land on you, but there was so many of them they were driving me nuts.

A close up shot looking across the top of Whinlatter Pass to Latrigg, Great Mell Fell and Little Mell fell.

Just short of half way across the ridge I passed through this gate which provided a nice foreground for a picture of Whinlatter and the Skiddaw fells.

It looks like I'm heading into the shade for a while.

Sunshine and shadows.

Hopegill Head taken from Ladyside Pike.

Time to retrace my steps for a short distance before turning left and dropping down into Hope Gill.

After fighting my way through the heather, I reached this sheepfold next to Hope Beck

Following the path out of Hope Gill.
In the distance you can see the Scottish hills on the far side of the Solway Firth.


Looking back along the road to see Dodd (not the Skiddaw one), taken near High Swindale Farm.


It was time stop and have a sandwich and a piece of cake, and if you must stop anywhere, you might as well choose somewhere with a view like this.

Over there is Broom Fell, and I reckon on a full days walk there's no reason why the fells on that side of Whinlatter Pass couldn't be included on the same walk with the ones on this side.

Hobcarton End and Grisedale Pike.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks