Barf, Lord's Seat and Broom Fell
The weather forecast for the final day of our April trip to the Lakes was mixed, so we decided a shorter walk was in order, with a stop off at a tearoom for some lunch before the drive home. I had previously visited the tearoom at Whinlatter visitor centre, so we decided on a short walk through Whinlatter forest and out of the forest to Barf (468m), Lord's Seat (552m) and Broom Fell (511m) - 3 new Wainwrights for relatively little effort, in a walk just short of 5 miles (with judicious use of cars to cut out the uninteresting return stretch up the road).
The walk through Whinlatter Forest was very pleasant but was devoid of many views as we were always surrounded by trees. But as we came out of the tress, the views opened up over Bassenthwaite Lake towards Skiddaw. A number of peaks can be seen in this image, from Skiddaw and Little Man Skiddaw at the back, to the conical shape of Dodd that can be seen if you look closely in the front.
As we climbed Barf the light across towards Skiddaw and, further round, towards Derwent Water and the Eastern Fells, was quite dramatic.
From Barf summit we headed towards Lord's Seat - continuously looking back to the changing light behind us.
In the following two images, the summit of Barf is clearly visible in the shaded foreground.
By now the weather was closing in, and it was clearly raining in the distance.
The opportunities for photographs became more limited. Whilst the name Lord's Seat conjours up a summit of grandeur, it rather flatters to deceive. The summit cairn at Broom Fell is more impressive.
From this point we took a direct decent down the hillside, winding our way back to one of the cars for a shuttle run back to the tearoom.
For the full range of images from this walk please go to the gallery here.