13th April 2012

Lord's Seat from Darling How Farm


Walk Overview
Date 13th April 2012
Time 13.30 to 15.30
Duration 2 hr
Distance 5.1 mile
Ascent 1300 ft
Walking with On my own
Darling how Farm - Aiken Plantation - forest tracks to Lord's Seat - off path route down to Aiken Beck - 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

Today I headed out for a short walk up to Lord's Seat from its much less frequented side. Admittedly I wasn't out for very long, but I still only saw a handful of people and all of them were along the track shortly after setting off and shortly before getting back. I think I've mentioned before that I find it strange how some really nice and perfectly easy to get to places just don't attract many people.

Looking back along the track you see Graystones.

This isn't the easiest place to get long distance views due to it being sort of hemmed in by fells and woodland. Although having gained a little bit of height, I managed to get this picture showing Broom Fell.


Into the woods I go for what feels like a short cut up to Lord's Seat.


Not far to the top now.

Lord's Seat summit and a long view across to the eastern fells. The smaller shaded fell in the left is Latrigg.

In this picture Latrigg is now in the right hand side. The bulk of the photo is taken up by the Skiddaw fells.

and even further around to the left you have a view over Bassenthwaite Lake and Binsey to the Scottish hills in the far distance.

A close up of the area around Millbeck and Applethwaite.

Broom Fell, taken from the route back down to Aiken Beck.

Looking back up the wall I'd been following (on the other side).
If you have a mind to follow this route I'd suggest doing it sooner rather than later. Last time I was here there were quite a lot of newly planted trees and to state the obvious, , , , they've grown a bit since then. For a short distance I gave up trying to stick to the path and headed straight into the more mature trees to avoid getting scratched to pieces. I just headed in more or less the correct direction and soon came to the track I wanted to be on.

The sheepfold next to Aiken Beck.

For some reason this line of tall trees seems to have escaped the woodcutters axe.

Looking towards Lord's Seat; the high point in the centre of the picture; just to the left of the tree.

and now without the tree.

It looks like this tree has seen better days.

This is Darling How Farm found only a few minutes walk from the car.

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Lake District Walks