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Barf, Lord's Seat, and Broom Fell

This walk gives you 3 wainwrights and some great views.

From the campsite you will need to drive to the other side of Bassenthwaite Lake. These 3 fells make up the ridge you can see from the Kestrel lodge. Drive towards the A66 in the Cockermouth direction. Once you meet the A66 turn left, towards Keswick. After approximately 1 mile take the turning on your right hand side, signposted Art Gallery and Thornthwaite.

Drive along this road for a few minutes until you come to a small free car park located in the small hamlet of Powter How.

Leave the car park, cross the road, and you will see a marked footpath. Once on this footpath follow it upwards through the woods. Climbing Barf is quite a slog—its straight up with a few scrambles, but the climb isn’t too long.

There is an option to scramble straight up the scree rather than the woods, this will take you past The Bishop, which is the white rock you can see above you. This way up is not really recommended as it can be hairy in parts and the path is not always obvious.

So I would suggest the path up through the woods.

Lords Seat

Once you clear the woods keep straight on the forest track before turning off this to the right. This path first goes down before a final climb to the summit of Barf. There are some great views over Bassenthwaite, across to Skiddaw, and Keswick.

Follow the summit path up to the highest point on this walk which is Lords Seat. There is an obvious path from Lords Seat to the next cairn to get your 3rd Wainright of this walk, Broom Fell.

Broom Fell

From here though the only way back to your start point is to turn and re-trace your path back. If you choose, as we did the first time, to find an alternative route you can tackle the path down towards Ling Fell—which would mean a long road walk back or the alternative path from Lords Seat through the woods. This would take you to Whinlatter, again there would be a long road walk back to the car park.

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