Sunday, 10th May 2009

             

            

 

Walk: Barf, Lord’s Seat, Broom Fell, Graystones, Ling Fell, Sale Fell
Start Point: Powter How car park Grid Reference: NY 220 265
Distance: 11 miles Ascent: 3,500 feet
Time: 5.75 hours    
Weather: A dry day with sunny spells. Very light breeze and good visibility.
Comments: Eight walkers attended and enjoyed ideal walking conditions. Leaving the cars we paid a visit to the “Clerk” before crossing Beckstones Gill to join the forest trail to Barf. We enjoyed excellent views of Bassenthwaite Lake from the summit before continuing on to Lord’s Seat, where took advantage of the sunshine and natural seating to have our “elevenses”. Following the grassy plateau we continued on to Broom Fell and Graystones, before retracing our steps for a short distance to cross Wythop Moss. After crossing the Moss we climbed through the heather to the summit of Ling Fell where we ate lunch in the sun before descending to Burthwaite. Then, it was across Brumston Bridge for the last climb of the day to Sale Fell. We enjoyed the views across the Solway Firth to the Galloway hills and West to the Isle of Man before descending through Wythop Wood back to the start.

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Heading up Beckstones Gill John decides to try out a stick for the ascent!

 

We soon pass The Clerk who stands watch below . . .

 

The 'Bishop of Barf', a white painted stone marking the spot where, according to local legend, 

 

the Bishop of Derry was killed falling from his horse in 1783 after drunkenly betting he could ride up the hill

 

Time for a breather and admire the view from Skiddaw on the left to Great Dodd on the right

 

Safely across Beckstones Gill we continue to make our way up . . .

 

to the summit of Barf from where we can admire the view . . .

 

down to Bassenthwaite . . .

 

and on to our next summit, Lord's Seat

 

We pass a couple of lonely lambs on the way

 

Master of all he surveys!!

 

Sheila checks out the 'seat' on Lord's Seat

 

but we find an alternative spot for our coffee break

 

A relatively easy walk takes us across to Broom Fell . . .

 

and before long we are dropping down to Darling How Plantation to visit Graystones - to the left on the horizon

 

After a short back-track from Graystones we set out for Wythop Moss . . .

 

on our way to Ling Fell . . .

 

we looks higher the nearer we get to it!

 

Time for a group shot from the summit . . .

 

with Skiddaw to the left and Broom Fell to the right

 

Looks like a simple stroll across to Ullock Pike, but Bassenthwaite is lying in hiding - as Wainwright points out in his guide

 

Continuing on to Sale Fell the group seems to have spotted something of interest . . . 

 

a wind farm to the north - shown here at 18x zoom

 

Time for another group pose after what, we hope, was the last climb of the day . . .

 

onto Sale Fell

 

Leaving Sale Fell by a lovely grassy path and great views of Dodd and the Ullock Pike Ridge below Skiddaw . . .

 

we join the C2C cycle route - which Marie remembers well . . .

 

and down through the Wythop Woods . . .

 

where there are more great views of Bassenthwaite and . . .

 

zooming in we can see a group of yachts and windsurfers are enjoying the day on the water

 

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