I needed one walk in The Lakes before the long drive back to Devon, nothing too far in distance but enough to stretch the legs, some snow would be a nice way to round off a good few days in this lovely part of the world. Whinlatter fitted the bill, in that it was a Wainwright I hadn’t climbed, it was on the route out from my base in the Western Fells and it had a bit of the white stuff. The weather was lovely and only made me wish I could stay for longer. This one is a simple walk although parking at the Whinlatter visitor centre is expensive, the walk is an out and back with the views to Grisedale Pike especially good. Remember the Wainwright top is Brown How and not Whinlatter!!

Start – Whinlatter visitor centre
Route – Forest trackWhinlatter – Brown How – Whinlatter – Whinlatter visitor centre
Distance – 2 ½ miles    Start time – 9.30am     Time taken –  1hr 20mins    Highest Point – Whinlatter 525m (Brown How 517m)
Weather – Sunny spells and some cloud. Cold
© Crown copyright 2014 Ordnance Survey FL 2014 SF

© Crown copyright 2014 Ordnance Survey FL 2014 SF

Whinlatter 1

The Whinlatter visitor centre, mountain biking, Go Ape and plenty of walks to be done from here.

Whinlatter 2

Glimpse of Clough Head round to Helvellyn through the trees

Whinlatter 3

I’m part of the Gruffalo walking party!!

Whinlatter 4

Awesome view to Grisedale Pike

Whinlatter 5

Whinlatter top comes into view as I reach the ridge

Whinlatter 6

Derwent Water in the distance with Clough Head and The Dodds behind

Whinlatter 7

Skiddaw with its head in the clouds

Whinlatter 8

Grisedale Pike looking very alpine from Whinlatter summit

Whinlatter 9

Whinlatter summit looking to Brown How

Whinlatter 10

Broom Fell and Lords Seat to the right

Whinlatter 11

On Brown How now looking to Lorton Vale and the coast of Cumbria

Whinlatter 12

Looking back to Whinlatter from Brown How

Whinlatter 13

Brown How summit (the Wainwright) with Grisedale Pike left and Hopegill Head the high point to the right

Whinlatter 14

Wooded Ullister Hill and the Skiddaw fells behind

Whinlatter 15

Back at a wintry Whinlatter top now

Whinlatter 16

Zooming in on the fells around Keswick with Clough Head right and the two Mell fells in the distance

Whinlatter 17

A glimpse of Derwent Water again

Whinlatter 18

Last look at Grisedale Pike

Whinlatter 19

Having made it back to the car I drove down the Whinlatter Pass to this viewpoint of Skiddaw for a coffee before the drive home


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