Whinlatter Round

Start point: Darling How (NY 181 255)

Darling How – Brown How on WhinlatterWhinlatter TopTarbarrel MossUllister HillLord’s SeatBroom FellGraystones – Darling How

Distance: 7.1 miles     Total Ascent: 564 metres     Time Taken: 3 hours 20 minutes     Start Time: 10:30

Weather: Overcast but clearing, 6C.

The Whinlatter fells make an excellent compact walk and the going is pretty easy with it being over mainly grassy sections – with a few boggy bits thrown in for good measure. The higher fells still had their diminishing winter coats on but there was no snow on these lower slopes today.

Whinlatter

Whinlatter

Whinlatter has two summits, Brown How which is the Wainwright top and Whinlatter Top to the east.

Brown How

Height: 517 metres / 1696 feet     Grid reference: NY 19114 25130     Category: The North Western Fells

Brown How, the summit of Whinlatter, looking towards Grisedale Pike, Hopegill Head and Grasmoor

Brown How, the summit of Whinlatter, looking towards Grisedale Pike, Hopegill Head and Grasmoor

On Whinlatter Top

On Whinlatter Top.

Whinlatter from Tarbarrel Mos

Whinlatter from Tarbarrel Mos

Whinlatter Top

Height 525 metres/1722 feet     Grid Reference NY 19695 24903

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Whinlatter Round

Start point: Darling How (NY 181 255)

Darling How Brown How on WhinlatterWhinlatter TopTarbarrel Moss Ullister Hill Lord’s Seat Barf Broom FellGraystones – Spout Force – Darling How

Distance: 8.6 miles     Total Ascent: 786 metres     Time Taken: 5 hours     Start Time: 07:10

Weather: Mist at first, improving to sunny spells. 10C.

The rain was absolutely bouncing before dawn this morning and I was wondering whether it was indeed a good idea to venture out in such conditions. As it was the rain eased and stopped before I met up with Andy Lang and Gary Jones for a walk around the Whinlatter fells and the weather was ever improving with particularly good views from Barf today. There was plenty of boggy ground to be traversed today though after the recent wet weather.

Whinlatter

Start point: Darling How (NY 181 255)

Darling How Brown How on Whinlatter Whinlatter Top Tarbarrel Moss Ullister Hill Lord’s Seat Barf Broom Fell Graystones – Spout Force – Darling How

Distance: 8.6 miles     Total Ascent: 786 metres     Time Taken: 3 hours 40 minutes

Weather: Sunny spells, strong winds. 9°C.

I finally made it back to Whinlatter – I have lost count of the number of times that I have been on my way to do this walk and then been swayed by something else on the way for one reason or another. The most recent example was last week when I was enticed by Blencathra even though I was all set to do this round. The last time I was here was 2004 BC (Before Casper) and I kept thinking back to Angus being with me on this walk, back in those early website days…

The Clerk and The Bishop

Start point: Thornthwaite (NY 220 264)

Thornthwaite – Barf (241)Lord’s Seat (242)Broom Fell (243)Graystones (244)Kirk Fell on Lorton (245) – Spout Gill – Brown How on Whinlatter (246)Whinlatter Top (247)Tarbarrel Moss (248)Ullister Hill (249)Seat How (Thornthwaite) (250) – Thornthwaite

Weather: Dull, overcast – gale force winds and driving rain.

Today’s walk started with a steep ascent up to Barf from Thornthwaite – I think I found out why it is called Barf going up there! The weather was absolutely atrocious – gale force winds and driving rain, especially on the exposed sections from Lord’s Seat to Broom Fell and across Whinlatter. The forest sections came as a welcome relief from the constant battering today.