Lord’s Seat and your need to know guide on the Wainwright


Wainwright Number:

North Western Lakes

OS Map:
Explorer OL4

Lord's Seat is 552m high or 1811ft tall. 

This Wainwright is located in the north western Fells of the Lake District.

You can head up to Lord's Seat from Whinlatter Pass. This is one of the easiest and clearest routes to the top of the Wainwright as the paths are easy to follow. 

You will need Explorer map OL4.

Lord's Seat is located around Whinlatter forest. So Whinlatter Fell is very close by along with Barf and Broom Fell. 

At the top of Lord's Seat is a strange iron fence post. It stands alone and marks the top of this Wainwright. 

Facts about Lord’s Seat

Here are a few facts about Lord’s Seat for you to get started with. It’s not in the most popular of areas in the Lake District but there are still a few things that make it well worth visiting. Just like the other Wainwrights.

- Lord’s Seat sits in the highly forested landscape just off of the Whinlatter pass.

- It’s the highest of the Fells in the group in which Lord's Seat sits, which also includes Whinlatter, Broom Fell, Graystones, and Barf.

How high is the Fell? (m/ft)

Lord's Seat stands at 552m (1811ft) tall. It is the highest of the Whinlatter Fells and from here you can join easily to the other hills in the surrounding area. The other fells in this group all sit between 450m and 530m and so they are all a cluster of similar heights. This makes it a great day out to hill bag a few in one go while feeling completely away from the hustle and bustle of the more popular fells.

Where is Lord’s Seat located?

Lord’s seat is located in the North-Western area in the Lake District. It is just off of the Whinlatter Pass and so the climb to the Fell from the visitor centre isn’t a tough one by any means. Just northeast of the fell is Bassenthwaite Lake and to the southeast is Derwent Water. So it’s a great location with plenty to do around the area too.

If you wanted a quick hike up Lord's Seat, you can have a good walk around Whinlatter Forest afterwards and then enjoy some well-earned cake from their Cafe. They have a lovely little area that looks out onto the bird feeders there too. So you can see some of the local wildlife while eating your scone and drinking your cup of tea.

So how hard is this Wainwright to climb and which routes can you take?

Lord’s Seat is an easy enough fell to walk up. If you start from the Whinlatter visitor centre you start at a good height and so the walk itself is mostly scenic through the forest. It then opens up as you get higher and the path that leads to the summit is stone and super easy to follow.

If you are starting from Thornthwaite, then this is a little tricker. Only because it’s a steep climb from the beginning up a rather stony in some places very boggy path. You have to walk across a small section of rock face which is simple but you do need to be careful in wet conditions. This is only because the rock can be slippery and so more care is needed. We found it good fun though.

From here it climbs higher and you can detour off towards Barf or head more inland on the fell range to join a path that leads up through the forest. Again this meets the stone path which directs your walk up to Lord’s Seat.

How long does it take to climb Lord’s Seat?

Depending on your route up Lord's Seat and how many other Fells you want to walk or hike in the area while you’re there. I’d say anywhere from a two-hour round trip upwards if you want more walking whilst on the open fells.

Check out the daily weather for Lord's Seat right here

Are the paths good climbing up Lord’s Seat?

The paths to walk up Lord’s Seat itself are pretty good. They’re clear and easy to follow too. But the paths along the grassy slopes around the Fell and onto the other Wainwrights in the area aren’t always the best. Some of them can be boggy and muddy with it being around the forest.

So suitable footwear is a great option to have. And through the forest itself heading towards the fell of Whinlatter, there are some fallen trees and some of the paths can be very shady. So make sure that you take a map and compass to help you out along the walks. But for Lord’s Seat alone, the paths are good to the summit.

Lord's Seat view from the top
Lord's Seat, view from the top

Best parking to start my walk

So for Lord’s Seat, you can park at a few different locations depending on the route up which you are wanting to take. For us, we parked at Thornthwaite and walked up Barf first before looping around to Lord’s Seat. There is a large section of a lay-by which you can park in at Thornthwaite, which is located just off of the A66. So it’s super easy to get to and it’s free to park there too.

Instead of this, you could park along the Whinlatter Pass, or at the visitor centre at Whinlatter Forest too. If you park on the side of the road, this is generally free. But in the centre itself, you’ll be looking around £10 a day. So it’s up to you, and then you can walk through the forest and up to Lord’s Seat from here.

What is at the summit of Lord’s Seat?

At the top of the fell is a small summit cairn with a fence pole erected in the middle. Lord's Seat itself is rather a smooth grassy dome and so there no technical issues to get to the top itself. From here you can see across the other fells in the area and look up towards the higher peaks too.

What are the views from the top?

From the top of the Wainwright, you can see looking northwest the Skiddaw range in all of its glory. Then looking further East you will see the Helvellyn range too. Towards the South, Grisedale Pike and it’s surrounding fells look mighty from Lord’s Seat and give you the bug to want to get to them as soon as possible. I know for us that’s how we felt. And it didn’t take us long to get to them and see what they had to offer too.

Which OS map do you need to climb
Lord’s Seat?

OL4 is the ordinance survey map that you will need for this walk. It covers the whole of the North West of the Lakelands. The routes which you will see here are helpful as they give you all the paths and routes which you can take while on the fells too.

If you wanted to have a look through the pictorial guide to the Lake District then Book 6, the North Western Fells is where you need to be. Again it lays out the routes up to the top of Lord’s Seat and also gives you drawings of the fell as well to give you more of an idea about what you should be looking at. Along with this, it gives you a great diagram of all the fells that you can see from the top on a clear day too.

Where to stay, B&Bs, etc.

One of the closest and best places to stay around the area of Lord's Seat is Keswick. It’s a great little town and there’s plenty of accommodation to suit all needs as well. If you fancy somewhere different, there is always Cockermouth in the other direction down the A66 which has both a Premier Inn and a Travel Lodge.

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