28th November 2012

A milestone for Jennifer on the Lord's Seat fells


Walk Overview
Time 09.15 to 14.00
Duration 4 hr 45 min
Distance 7.9 mile
Ascent 2100 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Darling How Farm - Aiken Plantation - Lord's Seat - Barf - Lord's Seat - 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

It may have taken a while for the cloud to move out of the way and for us to get out of the shade, but it wasn't half nice to see some blue sky today. Given the awful weather the country has had, it's about time we all had some decent weather, and judging by the floods on the news recently, some people deserve the dry conditions more most of us.

Straight ahead is Lord's Seat. Although you can get there by a more direct route than we took today I wouldn't advise it. The trees are getting ever taller and if you add that to the wet ground, you have a battle right on your hands.

Into the woods we go and I'm sure everyone who has been along here will know just how muddy it is towards the other end of this path.

And once we emerged from the trees, the view across to the Skiddaw fells opened up.

That's me and Jennifer making our way to Lord's Seat.

Lord's Seat summit, the first of two visits we made to the top today.

Still at the top and now looking across to the Skiddaw fells. The fell below us is Barf; notice the flooded fields to the right of the fell.

A view back to Lord's Seat.

Blimey, just look at all that water.

On route back to Lord's Seat I took this picture of Derwent Water the central fells and in the distance the snow topped eastern fells.

Turning around to take a picture of Barf, the Skiddaw fells and over there on the right is Clough Head.

Jennifer set herself the challenge of walking 500 Lake District miles in 2012 and I reckon it was somewhere about this point that she crossed the 500 mile mark. When she suggested doing this, the first thing I said was "if you add up all the miles you walk with me, it's unlikely that you'll reach 500 so you're going to have to start getting out on your own on the days when I'm at work and you're not". Given that we both work full time, walking this far within a year is much easier said than done.

Now we're heading across to Broom Fell. It's not as far as it looks, it's not as wet as we expected and the views were clearer than we'd hoped for.

Looking back to Lord's Seat.


Broom Fell summit.

There have been lots of "looking back" pictures on this walk and thins one is, , , , , looking back to Broom Fell.

A close up of Cockermouth, the Solway Firth and the Scottish hills.

We're near Widow Hause now and over there are Ling Fell, Sale Fell and Binsey in the distance.

Graystones summit.

And again. This time looking around towards Broom Fell, Lord's Seat and the snow topped Skiddaw fells behind.

Heading down the steep side of Graystones. This has to be one of the steepest straight up and down paths in the Lake District. It you trip up here, you wouldn't stop falling till you banged your head on the side of Scawgill Bridge.

Looking across to Lord's Seat.

I did say it was steep.

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Lake District Walks