We had been looking a long way down onto this one for most of the day, on
Wednesday 29th August 2007. From our lofty vantage points of
Grisedale Pike G/LD-015 and
Grasmoor G/LD-009, we were thinking it would
be a good choice for a late afternoon wind-down. For the ultimate in decadent
laziness, I drove the car the few hundred yards from the car park to the
Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre car park up the road, even paying a pound for
This enthused Jimmy, who assured me he was expert at following tourist forest
trails as a result of experience of school hikes in the Delamere Forest!
He led the way, following the Green Trail marker posts steeply uphill through
the twilight world of the Whinlatter Forest. Daylight returned at post 53, as a
clearing opened out and we left the Green Trail. Now, we could see Lord's Seat
summit ahead of us, and followed the good path to the top. "Mum would enjoy this
route" remarked Jimmy, as we recalled the family haul up the very steep and
muddy ascent of October 2003, and the fact
that she had not been at all impressed on that occasion!
We began the descent and the sky began to dim slightly. In my mind flashed the words "Car park barrier locked at dusk", and so we quickened the pace to avoid the unwelcome kind of "lock-in". After a shower and change at the hostel, we went to the Yew Tree restaurant at the bottom of the hill from Honister, in Seatoller. This was an unusual place, serving a strange menu of South African dishes. It was nice, but quite expensive, and I had to make do with Jennings Cumberland Cream keg bitter. This was nicer than other cold keg bitters, but not as nice as other Jennings cask ales.
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