23rd February 2013

An unplanned plan B – a walk around the Lord’s Seat fells


Walk Overview
Time 10.35 to 16.15
Duration 5 hr 40 min
Distance 10 mile
Ascent 2500 ft
Walking with Neil Haselwood
Darling How – Darling How Plantation – Graystones – Widow Hause – Broom Fell – Lord’s Seat – Barf – Beckstones Plantation – Seat How – Ullister Hill – Tarbarrel Moss – Whinlatter – Brown How – Aiken Plantation – 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

A view over to the Grisedale Pike / Hopegill Head group of fells.

Over there are Lord's Seat and Broom Fell. By a roundabout route we'll be walking across there later.

Well, I'd covered a few extra miles this morning only to end up somewhere I'd almost driven past earlier. We had intended to set out from Deepdale Bridge and walk onto Cofa Pike / Fairfield through Deepdale. When we got there, it was snowing, the cloud was down and there was more snow and ice on the eastern side of those fells than we felt like walking over. After more than just a couple of minutes of trying to make our minds up, we decided to head back over to the western side and have a walk over these fells instead.

A band of snow works it's way across the far end of Lorton Vale. It could be rain, but it was a bit too cold for that.

Graystones summit in front of Broom Fell and Lord’s Seat.

There's a vary short but quite steep drop off Graystones and on the way you get this uninterrupted view across Wythop Moss to Ling Fell and Sale Fell.

The unmistakable Broom Fell summit, visible from many fells in all directions.

Broom Fell summit again. This time looking back towards Graystones.

On route to Lord's Seat now and along the way, Bassenthwaite Lake comes into view along with the bottom half of the Skiddaw Fells.

A close up of Binsey.

And now not so close up.

WOW, suddenly we find ourselves walking in sunshine. It didn't last too long but it was most welcome while it was here.

Lord's Seat summit.
Bassenthwaite Lake can be seen down in the valley and the sunlit fell over there is Binsey.

and this time the old metal fence post at the summit is directly in front of the big cairn on top of Broom Fell.
In the far distance you can see the Scottish hills.


Looking down to Bassenthwaite Lake and the A66 from the top of Barf. Sound travels well, even from up here we could hear the cars hurrying past.

A longer distance view from the top of Barf. I'll leave you to name to fells, but to get you started, three of them are Latrigg, Bleaberry Fell and Cat Bells.


On route between Barf and Whinlatter we included the minor top of Seat How.
I should point out that there are paths and tracks all over the place around here. There are cycle tracks, narrow footpaths and broad forestry tracks everywhere. And although the map I've given is accurate enough, actually following a specific route is easier said than done.

Deep in the woods.

We're back into the open now and this picture was taken on the walk across to Whinlatter (behind me).

Looking across to Grisedale Pike, Hopegill Head, Ladyside Pike and Whiteside.

Making our way off the fell and it looks like someone has turned the light off.

Looking over Lord's Seat.
The white dots and streaks you can see are snow flakes.

And if you don't fall off a crag or get knocked over on one of the cycle tracks, you get electrocuted 10 yards from the car.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks