Whinlatter (1722ft, 525m), 15th March 2017

It’s been such a long time since we were last out in the fells, in fact this was my first Wainwright of the year, so even though it was just a short easy walk it was so nice to be back! After parking up on the roadside we begin the climb up through the forest, this is nice but obviously the views of the surrounding fells are heavily restricted through the trees. Before long however we emerge onto the open fell-side…

Hobcarton End and Grisedale Pike

Looking back towards Blencathra, Keswick and Derwent Water

Lord’s Seat, Skiddaw and Blencathra

After only an hour we arrive at the summit where there is a small cairn. Back in Wainwright’s time this point on the fell top wasn’t actually regarded as the highest point, and the small dome of Brown How further west was thought to be higher. However more modern measurements have shown that Brown How is actually 25ft smaller than the eastern top. This is looking towards Grisedale Pike (left) and Hopegill Head (centre).

Walking from the eastern top towards Brown How

Arriving on the summit of Brown How with Lorton village and Graystones beyond

In the far distance on the left is Eel Crag. The valley of Hobcarton Gill leads abruptly to the impressive Hobcarton Crag, with Hopegill Head and Ladyside Pike to the right.


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