Monday 25 June 2018. I last did these two Wainwrights with Karen, Bea & Terry in August 2012 so it was time that I visited them again. Last time we started from the Whinlatter visitor centre and had a steady climb up to Lord’s Seat. Today, I started from Powter Howe, near the shore of Bassenthwaite Lake. This meant that my ascent of Barf was short and very, very sharp; climbing 1,100ft in a distance of just one mile. Needless to say, I needed a few stops along the way. The reward was great views from Barf back down to Bass Lake, across to Skiddaw and Keswick.
Suitably rested, I made the short walk across to Lord’s Seat. This involved losing some of the height already gained only to climb again to the summit at 1,811ft. After this it was all downhill. My reason for chosing today’s walk was that there might be some shade in the trees. This wasn’t true until I hit the trail alongside Comb Beck where it was lovely and cool providing some relief from the midday heat. I finished with a mile or so of road walking which I could have done without but it was the only way to get back to the car.
The walk was 5.25 miles with a total ascent of 1,800ft. My knee held up well but I think that tomorrow I’ll do a fairly level circuit of Buttermere so as not to put it under too much strain.