Walk                 : Graystones, Broom Fell & Lords Seat

                                        Date                 : 27th September 2015

                                        Weather           : Scorching hot, clear blue sky 20°C

                                        Route Details    : Spout Force, Graystones, Broom Fell, Lords Seat, Aiken Plantation                 

                                        Distance           : @ 7 miles

                                               

                                                A 3D visual of the walk

 

 

                            

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                  Overview

 

                                    The 26th September to the 2nd October will go on record as being one of the finest Indian Summers experienced in the Lake District for many

                                    a while, and we had the tremendous good fortune to be staying at our usual cottage in Ambleside for the whole of the week. It was one of the

                                    most memorable trips to Lakeland that we as a family have ever experienced. Our first walk of the week took us the Whinlatter Forest in the

                                    North Western region to complete Graystones, Broom Fell & Lords Seat.

 

 

The walk starts from the free Spout Force Car Park just by Scawgill Bridge off the Whinlatter Pass.

 

 

About 400 yards after the gate a path leading down to the forest trail emerges on the left

 

 

If you happen to be looking to bag an early Christmas Tree – then there is plenty to choose from here !

 

  

 

Follow the path round through the forest

 

 

Beware of the giant black slugs !!

 

 

An early view of Graystones

 

 

Keep on the path until it comes to a tee – junction. It seems obvious to swing right – however ignore the urge and bear left to pick up a footpath that

runs alongside a row of chopped down trees

 

 

Keep on the path until you reach a wire fence that journeys steeply upward

 

 

Looking across to the Loweswater Fells from the track

 

 

At the fence turn right and prepare for a steep climb

 

 

The Skiddaw range from the steep climb

 

 

A quick rest and drink break at the rocky outcrop

 

 

Looking over to Mellbreak in the centre back ground

 

 

We carry on up the path as it swings round and ever upwards

 

 

Approaching the summit of Graystones

 

 

Ste on the summit of Graystones

 

 

The Skiddaw range from the summit

 

A 360 degree view from the summit of Graystones … https://youtu.be/fa3PTc0YHnY

 

 

 

A view through the heat haze across the Solway Firth to Criffel in Scotland

 

  

 

A track that heads north east down from the summit towards the fringe of the Darling How Plantation leads on to the next fell of the day .. Broom Fell

 

 

 

Skirting the Darling How plantation as we head to Broom Fell

 

 

Sue on the summit of Broom Fell checking the route to the Lords Seat

 

 

What !! – we are going up there ??? – you are having a laugh …

 

 

 

The path to Lords Seat and the summit .. Ste waiting patiently for the old buggers to catch up

 

 

Sue ponders on one of the more stranger cairns you will find

 

 

Another pit stop on the summit and time to work out which way back, and this fella insists that its that way !!!

 

 

Looking over to the Newlands Fells

 

 

 

We decided to hike back to Broom Fell and follow the fence down towards the Aiken Plantation

 

 

The heather is thick and tall – but amazingly there is a discernable path that you can follow (just)

 

 

However – down at the Beck it turns into jungle territory – at one point we bump into Bear Grylls with his machete !!! – believe it or not though there

is still a track to follow !!!!!! – up ahead Ste is about to get swallowed by a Triffid !!

 

 

And as if by magic – out of the jungle and back on to the starting path – some seven hours later !!

 

  

 

We stopped off in Keswick on the way back to the Cottage and all of a sudden when walking past this fine establishment we got “Shephards Crooked” 

inside and the next thing you know …….   Well it would be very rude not too !!!

 

This walk is dedicated to Brother Anthony Rothwell FSC – a De La Salle Brother and a lovely man

who will be sadly missed by all those who had the pleasure to know him (10 Nov 1939 to 24 Aug 2015)

May he rest in peace

 

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