Lords Seat - 8th November 2008
Date 8th November 2008 Description Lords Seat
Start Point Swan Hotel Thornthwaite Peaks Climbed Barf 468m
Total Time 3hrs 00min   Lords Seat 552m
Walking Time 2hrs 00min   Broom Fell 511m
Stopped Time 1hrs 00min   Graystones 456m
Distance 4.50 miles Start Grid Ref NY 22065 26514
Moving Average 2.3 mph Start Grid Ref NY 18142 25528
Elevation at Start 100 metres Temperature 6°C
Total Ascent 775 metres Weather Cloud and Rain
Max Elevation 552 metres Walking With No One (3 walkers later on)

Swan Hotel Thornthwaite National Park Car Park - Beckstones Gill - Barf - Lords Seat - Todd Fell - Broom Fell - Widow Hause - Graystones - Scawgill - Whinlatter Forest Car Park

The walk starts from the National Park car park near the Swan Hotel at Thornthwaite. It was a lousy day for weather as it rained or sleeted for much of the walk. There was also a stiff breeze on the fell tops. It certainly was not a day for hanging around too long.

My first Wainwright of the day was Barf (468m) which I ascended by Beckstones Gill. It was a steep ascent and at one point the path disappeared and I had to scramble over some rocks to gain the path once more. The views from Barf across Bassenthwaite to Skiddaw were very good. The views would have been excellent (I am sure) in sunny weather. Here I met up with three other walkers from Keswick (one of whom was tackling the Birkett’s and was about half way through the list). We continued to Lords Seat (552m) where it seemed incredibly dark. On the ascent we saw a lovely rainbow. From Lords Seat it was onwards across Todd Fell to Broom Fell (511m) with its very tall cairn. Then we followed the ridge path to Graystones (456m) via Widow Hause. During the walk I was asked if I would like a lift back to my car as they had parked at the car park near Spout Force.

We descended very steeply down alongside a wall to Scawgill Bridge and then back to their car. Ironically the sun had now put in an appearance. Oh well – as it happens I was still very wet and wind blown. At least it was four more Wainwright’s to tick off my list although originally I was going to walk back via Whinlatter.


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Maps Used
OL4 Explorer - The English Lakes (North Western Area)
MAP 1 - OVERVIEW (More Maps Below)
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