2.9 of 5 (10 votes)

Barf and Lord's Seat from Whinlatter

A leisurely walk (woodland) in national park Lake District in Cumbria, England, about 6.40km (3.98 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 2:30h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 285m (935ft)
Descent 286m (938ft)
Max. Elevation 540m (1771ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 571m (1873ft)
Start & End
Whinlatter Pass
Distance 6.40km
Duration ~2:30h
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 17 Dec 2014
This is less of a fixed route, more a summons to a great little corner of the Lakes. There are well-marked trails throughout Thornthwaite Forest, and you can pick up leaflets at the visitor centre. Keen walkers will want to head for Barf and Lord's Seat, which rise above the conifers, but there is plenty for others to enjoy among the many trails.

Walk Functions


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Walk Map

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Take the Honister Rambler to Whinlatter Forest Park.
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Follow the waymarked trails beyond the visitor centre. Gruffalo fans are in for a treat...
About 0.52 km (~0.32 miles) from
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Follow the forest tracks and cycle trails. It's not always easy to navigate, but as a general rule, always take a right-hand fork but don't head downhill!
About 0.86 km (~0.53 miles) from
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Keep contouring around and you will reach the path that leads up from The Swan hotel.
About 0.99 km (~0.62 miles) from
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The path leads round to the steep-faced Barf, with tremendous views over Bassenthwaite.
About 0.44 km (~0.27 miles) from
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Follow the clear path across to Lord's Seat, for more stunning views.
About 1.00 km (~0.62 miles) from
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Drop down towards the forest boundary and look for the stile into the forest. Here, pick up the tracks leading back downhill.
About 0.41 km (~0.25 miles) from
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The Forestry Commission, who manage Thornthwaite Forest, have clearly marked the routes around it and you should have no problems navigating back to the start.
About 0.84 km (~0.52 miles) from
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Make sure you stop in at the visitor centre for a well-earned pot of tea and a little something.
About 0.95 km (~0.59 miles) from

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Mary Marsh
09 Feb 2018
Snowy Scenic Woodland Walk With A Great View

Completed this walk today (February 2018). It was 0 degrees at start point! Parked at side of road near Whinlatter Visitor Centre. Saves paying for parking.There was snow on the paths all the way. The paths were good all the way and the pine trees looked beautiful with snow on them. What a view at the summit! Looks across to Dodd woods opposite & Skiddaw, Bassenthwaite & Kewick can be seen.

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