Tuesday 20th March 2007

The forecast was once again for strong wind so we opted for some of the lower fells and headed out to tackle the Lord's Seat group of fells. Birkett has split these into three walks but we opted to join two of the walks together to make it a record breaking, summit bagging day, with ten summits to be bagged in one day. 

Start: Spout Force car park (NY 1813 2554)

Route:

Spout Force car park - Brown How on Whinlatter (150) - Whinlatter Top (151) - Tarbarrel Moss (152) - Ullister Hill (153) - Seat How (Thornthwaite) (154) - Barf (155) - Lord's Seat (156) - Broom Fell (157) - Graystones (158) - Kirk Fell on Lorton (159) - Spout Force car park

Distance: 9.75 miles     Ascent: 882 metres      Time Taken: 7 hrs 10 mins

Weather: Cold with strong winds.

Pub Visited: Kirkstile Inn    Ale Drunk: Loweswater Brewery, Melbreak Bitter

Route Map >>

 

Grisedale Pike & Hopegill Head

The first of many great views today at the summit of Brown How on  Whinlatter Top. Grisedale Pike (L) and Hopegill Head (R).

Whinlatter Top

The next top can just be made out at the end of the path on the first 'ridge'. We covered a lot of  miles today and there is no doubt the frozen ground made the going much easier  than it might have been on any other day.

Skiddaw Massif

Skiddaw Massif.

Broom Fell & Lord's Seat

Looking across to two of the tops we would visit later in the day, Broom Fell (L) and Lord's Seat (R).

Seat How's summit

Seat How's summit gave us some great views, here looking across Derwent Water  with Catbells, Bleaberry Fell and Helvellyn in view.

Latrigg

Latrigg has lost all of the yesterdays light snow covering.

Bleaberry Fell & Helvellyn Massif

Bleaberry Fell with the Dodds behind catching the sun.

Blencathra ridge

Zooming in on the Blencathra ridge.

Bassenthwaite Lake & Binsey

Binsey and Bassenthwaite Lake from Barf's summit.

Barf's summit

Barf's summit.

Lord's Seat

Looking across to Lord's Seat from Barf, its summit had the only snow of any depth that we would walk in all day.

Bow Fell & Esk Pike

A close-up of Bow Fell and Esk Pike, seen from the path to Lord's Seat. 

Barf

Looking back to Barf, this was the only place where we had to do any bog-hopping.

Lord's Seat's summit

Lord's Seats summit.

Broom Fell

From Lord's Seat it was a long walk to Broom Fell where we were exposed to the very cold  and strong wind. The views across the Solway Firth into Scotland made up for it.

Lord's Seat

Looking back to Lord's Seat.

Whinlatter

Whinlatter Top and the first two summits of the day.

From Broom Fell the Isle of Man was clearly visible.

Kirk Fell's summit

Kirk Fell's summit.

Mellbreak

Looking across Lorton Vale from Kirk Fell to Mellbreak.

Previous walk Hen Comb Monday 19th March (p.m.) 2007 <> Next walk Lank Rigg Wednesday 21st March 2007

 

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