Date & Time: Sunday 11th May 2008. 11.30 am start.

Location of Start : Top car park, Scawgill Bridge, Whinlatter, Cumbria, Uk. ( NY 181 256 )

Places visited : Darling How Farm, Lords Seat, Broom Fell, Widow's Hause, Graystones, Darling How plantation and back down to the car.

Walk details : 5.5 mls, 1,700 ft of ascent, 4 hrs 5 mins.

Highest point : Lords Seat 1,811ft ( 552m )

Walked with : Jo, John, myself (Ann) and the dogs, Megan and Jodie, Polly, Harry and Bethan.

Weather : Sunshine and a shower. Another warm, humid day but with a surprise in store.

Water and keeping cool feature strongly in this fine weather


Roger was at work today, so I arranged to meet John and Jo at Spout Falls car park.

To our surprise , a friend of ours from the OFC, Ben Hammond, turned up just as we were about to leave !

He had been walking in the area this morning and was on his war to Butternere next.

Ben, Jo, John and the five dogs.

Today was a very hot one, so the dogs took every opportunity to keep cool. Harry and Polly dive into a roadside ditch !

Looking towards Graystones, our final fell of the day from our ascent of Lords Seat.

To arrive here, we had walked along the valley of Aiken Beck.

Jo and Jodie, with Lords Seat summit in view.

John and Jo at the metal summit post of Lords Seat.

Barf is the fell in the background, with the Skiddaw massif in the haze behind.

It's Harry trying to keep cool !

What's than animal hiding in the hollow in the ground ?

Hold your cursor over the photo to see if he / she could be bribed to come out.

Harry emerges from the narrow ditch, which also hid Polly and Bethan !

Still sunny as we approach Broom summit cairn. We stopped here for lunch.

However dark clouds were forming towards Grisedale Pike and Hopebeck Head.

Thunder was resounding all around us.

Suddenly it was time to put on our waterproofs - fast !

You can see the size of the hailstones as we made our way off Broom Fell.

We are approaching Widow's Hause. Our next summit, Graystones, is the fell ahead.

Ten minutes on . . . and the hail is still falling.

Then the sun came out ! Just five minutes later we were completely dry again !

This is the view looking back to Broom Fell.

Summit of Graystones - Jo and myself with Polly, Bethan, Harry, Megan and Jodie.

"Do you come here often ? "

The very steep decent towards the Whinlatter Pass.

The Darling How farm buildings we passed at the start are to the left, our cars to the centre of the photo.

It's down, down all the way . . .

Two thirds of the way down we take a track towards the left.

Jo helps Jodie through the dog gate.

A pleasant horizontal track takes us back

towards Aiken beck

through the forest.

Bethan takes another opportunity to cool down.

Jo supervising dog water sports at the bridge above Darling How farm.


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Technical note: Pictures taken with Ann's Ixus 75 Digital camera.

Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.

This site best viewed with . . . waterproofs ! Never forget to pack them in the Lake District !

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