Lord's Seat walk, Barf walk, Basenthwaite

Lord’s Seat

North Western Lake District

Route: Lord’s Seat and Barf

Area: North Western Lake District

Date of walk: 22nd July 2015

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 7.1 miles

Ascent: 1,600 feet

Weather: Cloudy at start but gradually cleared

I parked in the visitor car park at Whinlatter (“England’s only true Mountain Forest”). I popped into the visitor centre to see how the ospreys are faring – there’s a webcam trained on their nest near Bassenthwaite Lake – and it was good to see that it’s been a successful year so far

I then set out along the waymarked trail which leads to Seat How. After some easy uphill walking, with limited views on account of the afforestation, I turned off the Seat How track to follow a narrower path to the summit of Lord’s Seat, leaving the forest below me as I did so

After enjoying the pleasant view from Lord’s Seat, I made the down and up to the less romantically named Barf, crossing some squelchy terrain between the two. The view from Barf is better, in my opinion at least, than that from its neighbour, and the view along Bassenthwaite Lake is particularly good

I descended from Barf along a narrow track and then joined one of the wide paths leading through Whinlatter Forest back to the visitor centre to round off an very enjoyable outing

For other walks here, visit my Find Walks page and enter the name in the ‘Search site’ box

Click on the icon below for the route map (subscribers to OS Maps can view detailed maps of the route, visualise it in aerial 3D, and download the GPX file. Non-subscribers will see a base map)

Scroll down – or click on any photo to enlarge it and you can then view as a slideshow

Previous walk: « | Next walk: »