Broom Fell - Route One


Start - Spout Force NY 181 255 Distance - 1.55 miles Ascent - 930 feet Time - 1 hour



The Spout Force car park, located on the Darling How Plantation forestry road, is the starting point for this walk
Darling How Farm from the car park with Broom Fell on the left
Graystones from the forestry road
Much of the forest on the western spur of Broom Fell has been cleared
Looking back along the forestry road.  The car park lies beyond the locked barrier
The forestry road continues on towards the head of the Aiken Beck valley. About half a mile from the car park a waymark post near a solitary larch tree indicates the start of a path which descends to cross the beck
Lord's Seat at the head of the Aiken Beck Valley from the waymark post
Broom Fell from the waymark post
The path runs parallel to the road for a short distance before dropping down to cross the beck and then continues alongside the edge of the plantation
Looking back to the summit ridge of Graystones
Looking back from Aiken Beck to the start of the path
Following the path alongside the edge of the plantation with Broom Fell straight ahead
Looking back along one of the tributary streams of Aiken Beck to the start of the path
The path drops steeply to cross another stream and then rises alongside a ruined wall all the way to the summit of Broom Fell
Looking back to the summit ridge of Whinlatter from the ruined wall
Lord's Seat at the head of the valley
A fence is crossed to gain access to the open fellside. Stones from the ruined wall have been piled up against the fence so it is easy to step over it.  The stile on the right is the continuation of the waymarked path to Lord's Seat which is a Right Of Way
Looking over to Graystones from the slope above the fence
Looking back along the route from the car park and Darling How Farm in the centre of the photo
Looking back from the half way point on the path alongside the wall
AW described the climb by the wall as tedious, but at last the top of the summit cairn comes into view
Looking back down the slope from the same position.  The long ridge of Whinlatter across the Aiken Beck Valley with Grisedale Pike, Eel Crag, Hopegill Head, Grasmoor and Whiteside forming the skyline
Looking down to the lower part of the Aiken Beck Valley and the Vale of Lorton
Approaching the summit of Broom Fell
The summit cairn on Broom Fell
The cairned top has long been regarded as the true summit of the fell but the highest point lies slightly to the south-east, seen here on the left
The continuing ridge to Lord's Seat
The Skiddaw group of fells to the east
Binsey over Sale Fell and Rivings
The continuing ridge to Graystones



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