Walk                           :  Graystones (1,476 ft), Broom Fell (1,670 ft) & Lords Seat (1,811) from Spout Force car park, Scawgill Bridge

Date                           :  27th September 2015

Weather                    :  Scorching hot, clear blue skies  @  20°C

 

Distance                   : 7 miles round trip

Time Taken              : 1 hour 20 mins to first summit (Graystones)

 

Which part of Lakeland is this walk situated

 

Terrain Overview

 

 

Overview

 

An Indian Summer in Lakeland greeted our stay at the usual cottage in Ambleside. This walk took us for the first time to the Whinlatter Forest in the

Northwest region. Good paths on the forest throughout and an adventurous route back through the “jungle” made this a memorable walk

 

 

The walk starts from the fee of charge 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

 

 

Heading off down the forest trail

 

 

Keep on the track as it meanders through the forest

 

 

Beware of the Giant Slugs !!

 

 

An early view of Graystones

 

 

Keep on the path until it comes to a T Junction. It seems obvious to swing right, however ignore that 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 drinks break at the rock outcrop

 

 

Looking over to Mellbreak in the centre background

 

 

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

 

 

Approaching the summit of Graystones

 

 

Ste on the summit of Graystones

 

 

The Skiddaw range from the summit .. Click here for a 360 degree view … https://youtu.be/fa3PTcOYHnY

 

 

A track that heads North East down from the summit towards the fringe of the Darling How plantation leads on to the second

fell of the day … Broomfell

 

 

Skirting the edge of the plantation, the track leads on to Broom Fell

 

 

Approaching the summit

 

 

A magnificent cairn adorns the top

 

 

Sue eyes up the track leading to Lords Seat

 

 

The path to Lords Seat

 

 

The summit cairn on Lords Seat

 

 

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

 

 

The path down is steep through heather

 

 

Yes Sue .. Its steep however there is a discernable path

 

 

It may look like a jungle but there is a path to follow

 

 

Eventually … the path leads straight back to the track that we started on

 

 

                                                                              This walk is dedicated to the memory of Brother Anthony Rothwell FSC

                                                                              A De La Salle Brother and lovely man, who will be sadly missed by all

                                                                              those who had the pleasure to know him (10 Nov 1939 to 24 Aug 2015)

                                                                                                                            Rest in Peace

 

 

 

Copyright © aloveofthelakes.co.uk 2011 - 2021