Tuesday 2 April 2013

Whinlatter Forest

We went across to the bottom end of Bassenthwaite to Whinlatter Forest, aiming to walk through the forest and out to the two nearby Wainwright peaks on the other side.  The changes of scenery, together with the lure of the outdoor play area at the end of the walk kept everyone moving.  That and the chocolate.

Difficulty: 4
Walkers: Tim, Caroline, Isabelle (10), Grace (8), Evie (5)
11:32, 0.0km 0h00 0m, Start (329)
13:23, 3.2km 1h50 252m, Lord's Seat (552)
14:24, 4.4km 2h51 277m, Barf (469)
17:03, 11.0km 5h30 534m, End (331)

We set off from the car park at Whinlatter Forest, walking through the forest and upwards to get the view.

Isabelle at the top of Lord's Seat.

Moving across to Barf, you get a really great view, seen here looking down towards Derwent Water.

Again from Barf, looking across Bassenthwaite towards snow covered Skiddaw and the dark covered ridge just in front that was to become our challenge for the next day.

Special Evie style to take to the hills at Easter in her skirt.

Looking down the path to cross over the valley back into Whinlatter forest.

Frozen waterfalls made the going slightly more tricky.

 The top of Seat How, a great vantage point in the forest.  My route finding ability tends to aim for these high points, I'm pretty sure by this point in the walk I would have been facing a full scale rebellion if any of our children could map read.  And had a map.  Oh, that would have been Isabelle then...

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