Whinlatter - Route One

 

Start - Whinlatter Pass NY 204 244 Distance - 1.5 miles Ascent - 1,025 feet Time- 1 hour


The starting point for this walk is a roadside lay-by to the west of the Whinlatter Forest Park visitor centre
A minor forest track starts from the lay-by, ignore the first green path that branches left and continue on the track which rises above the visitor centre 
Whinlatter Forest Park is home to a large population of Red Squirrels.  The forest track is part of the Squirrel Scurrel trail, information leaflets on this and other waymarked paths in the forest are available at the visitor centre
Passing beneath a red squirrel ropeway bridge
After a gentle third of a mile of ascent the track joins a major forest road at a wide sweeping bend
Grisedale Pike from the forest road
The ascent of Whinlatter continues on the minor track which makes an acute left turn and heads back due west from the forest road
Looking back along the track, Great Mell Fell is framed between the tall conifers
The track heads towards the edge of the forest and is just over a quarter of a mile long. Near its end the trees begin to thin out, opening out the views 
Grisedale Pike from near the end of the track
A glimpse of Derwent Water with Clough Head, Great Dodd, Stybarrow Dodd and Raise on the horizon between the trees
At the end of the track a stile gives access to the open fellside
From the stile a faint path leads up by the side of the forest fence to the ridge line
Looking over to Hobcarton End from the climb to the ridge
Looking back from the climb to the ridge, Causey Pike appears over Sleet How
After following the forest fence for 150 yards the path veers away to the left towards Whinlatter Top 
Looking across to Grisedale Pike
Looking back to the Helvellyn range
Looking across Knotts to Lord's Seat, the highest of the Whinlatter group of fells
Whinlatter Top comes into view, centre right in the photo
Looking back over the trees of of the Whinlatter Forest to Skiddaw and Blencathra
Approaching Whinlatter Top
Looking across to Swinside and Fellbarrow
Looking back to Skiddaw and Blencathra
The final short rise to Whinlatter Top
Looking across the north-west ridge of Hobcarton End to Hopegill Head and Ladyside Pike with Whiteside on the right
The summit of Whinlatter Top comes into view
The summit cairn on Whinlatter Top looking towards Brown How.  Whinlatter Top is now recognised as the highest point on the summit ridge. In AW's time OS maps showed Brown How to be the summit, he had his doubts about that, discussed it at some length in his summit notes and proved it to be incorrect by his own amateur surveying.  Modern maps have confirmed his findings this east top, as he called it, is 25ft higher than Brown How
Broom Fell from Whinlatter Top
Lord's Seat with the summit of Binsey to the left
Skiddaw and Blencathra from Whinlatter Top
The Helvellyn range from Whinlatter Top
Grisedale Pike with the summit Causey Pike on the left
Hopegill Head, Ladyside Pike and Whiteside from Whinlatter Top
Heading over to Brown How which is just under half a mile along the ridge from Whinlatter Top
Hopegill Head from the ruined cross ridge wall
Grisedale Pike and Hobcarton End from the ruined cross ridge wall
Approaching the head of Willybrag Gill
Looking back to Skiddaw above Seat How at the head of the Aiken Beck valley
Approaching the summit of Brown How
The summit shelter on Brown How
Looking back from Brown How along the ridge to Whinlatter Top
Grisedale Pike and Hobcarton End from Brown How
The valley of Hobcarton Gill from Brown How
The summits of Gavel Fell, Blake Fell and Burnbank Fell appear over the Swinside ridge
The Vale of Lorton
Looking north-east to the summit ridge of Graystones
Broom Fell from Brown How
Lord's Seat
Skiddaw and Blencathra from Brown How

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