North of the Whinlatter Pass
FIVE Wainwright circular walk: Graystones, Broom Fell, Lord's Seat, Barf, Whinlatter.
Time: 5 - 6 hours
Parking: free places at the Spout Force Car Park, off the main B5292 'Whinlatter Pass Road' (Grid reference: NY 181256).
|Lord's Seat and Whinlatter from Hobcarton End|
|Graystones to your right as you walk along the road|
|The small band of crags just below the top of Graystones|
|On the top of Graystones|
4) To continue the route, head east, on a path skirting above the plantation area (although many trees have been felled on the higher slopes). Walk, for just over a mile from one 'Wainwright' to the next, up the ridge of the fell ahead of you with a very visible summit cairn. This is Broom Fell (1670'). The impressive cairn is relatively new, having been erected in 1981. There is also a good wind shelter too.
|My route marked out in bright green on original map from Forestry England|
11) Hopefully, you will find a track that suddenly emerges on to the open fell to the west of the plantation. When you are out of the trees, you will need to head uphill alongside the fence a little to find the path across the top of the ridge. Follow the path westwards, firstly to the 'eastern top' (which may actually be the highest point). Now continue on the path along the ridge. Shortly further on the path crosses a wall heading south towards the Whinlatter Pass road, hidden in the valley below.
|Hopegill Head behind the crescent wall on Brown How|
13) To complete the circular walk, continue along the grassy ridge, now northwards, until it shortly drops down towards the Forestry Commission plantations again. Depending on what forestry works are going on (and in 2021 this required taking a detour on a trail that heads back to the main road higher up the pass) make your way back to your starting point on the forestry tracks.
|Walking back through the plantation in July|
Worth knowing: If you're walking through the main forest trails of Whinlatter forest during holiday season, don't expect to be alone! You will be sharing the paths and tracks with tourists trying out a whole range of activities organised from the Visitor Centre below.