Lords Seat

This is one of the easiest fells in our "Medium" category, primarily because much of the route is on a Forestry Commission road that has a fairly gentle incline. That being said, it is a fairly long route, which is why we have placed it in the medium category.

Look out for deer on your way through the forest, and be prepared for the summit to be somewhat blustery.

The Route

Lord's Seat seen from Darling How plantation

Lord's Seat seen from Darling How plantation

(Mick Knapton / Wikipedia.org)

Start by leaving the Spout Force car park via the Forestry Commission road leading up into the fells. You will eventually reach a crossroads, about one mile from the car park at Grid Ref NY 191 260, and you will need to continue straight on.

The road continues to wind through the forest, with large patches of cleared land in places giving you a glimpse of the fells around you. After approximately two miles, a path leads from the left of the road, at Grid Ref NY 206 262.

Here the ground can become uneven as you take the path up through the forest. Towards the top of this path, the ground is usually very boggy and should be passed with care. Once you have passed the bog, you will come to a well maintained path, where you should turn left.

This will lead you to the summit at Grid Ref NY 204 265. Here you are rewarded with panoramic views of the north-west fells and out towards the Solway Coast.

Useful Information

Parking: There is free parking available at Spout Force car park, Grid Ref NY 181 254, on Whinlatter Pass (B5292) that runs between Braithwaite and High Lorton

Start Point: Grid Ref NY 181 254; There is a Forestry Commission road that leads from the car park

Summit: Grid Ref NY 204 265; 552 metres above sea level

Distance: Approximately 5 miles

Terrain: Most of the route is on a Forestry Commission road; The last part of the route can be very boggy at times

Total Time (Ascent & Descent): 4 hours

Suitable For: Adults with moderate fitness; Older children


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