Lord's Seat is a fell whose slopes are extensively
forested and is situated in the English Lake District. It is the highest
of the group of hills north of Whinlatter Pass in the North Western
The North Western Fells occupy the area between the rivers
Derwent and Cocker, a broadly oval swathe of hilly country, elongated on
a north-south axis. Two roads cross from east to west, dividing the
fells into three convenient groups.
Lord's Seat is the hub of the
most northerly sector, rising between Whinlatter Pass and the Vale of
The principal feature of these fells is a ridge running
from the Vale of Lorton in the west to Bassenthwaite Lake in the east.
Travelling in this direction the main tops are Graystones, Broom
Fell, Lord's Seat and Barf.
Barf is in truth a satellite of
Lord's Seat but was given the status of a separate fell by Alfred
Wainwright in his influential Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells.
Lord's Seat is the focal point of the group and sends out a number
of additional ridges.
To the south east is Ullister Hill (1,722 ft),
a bare mound surrounded by conifer plantations.
Further on in the
same direction is Seat How (1,627 ft), a rocky top standing above the
steep descent to Comb Beck and the Whinlatter Pass road.
branch of the ridge curves around south and then west from Ullister
Hill, terminating in Whinlatter fell.
Between Whinlatter and the
main east-west ridge is the quiet valley of Aiken Beck.
eastward from Lord's Seat, branching off from the ridge connection to
Barf, is a long and sometimes imperceptible watershed which runs up the
shore of Bassenthwaite. This divides the catchments of Wythop Beck
(flowing north west) and Beck Wythop, a short stream running directly
east into the lake.
Some way to the north, this line of higher
ground ends at Sale Fell.
Lord's Seat gives birth to a number of
streams which, although departing in different directions, all
ultimately join the River Derwent.
Aiken Beck and its many
tributaries drain the south western flanks, most of which are clad in
Hagg Beck, the main feeder of Beck Wythop, begins a
little to the north of the summit. This runs across open fellside at
first, only entering the trees at around the 1,100 ft contour.
Beckstones Gill flows to Bassenthwaite to the south of Barf, while an
unnamed stream does the same to the north.
All of the eastern
flanks of the range are forested, except for the scree-ridden face of
Barf between these two watercourses.
The top of Lord's Seat is a
smooth grassy dome, the summit being marked by the meeting point of
ruined fences and a small cairn.
The view is extensive, befitting
the highest point north of Whinlatter.
The Northern Fells are
well displayed over Bassenthwaite and there is also a good view of the
Grasmoor and its supporters restrict the
southward panorama, but there is no such obstruction to the north, the
Scottish Hills being visible across the Solway Firth.
western side of Whinlatter Pass a pleasant ascent approach can be made
up the wooded Aiken Valley, a quiet dale with no vehicular access.
The summit of the pass also provides access, either direct via
Ullister Hill, or by first climbing Whinlatter and then following the
From the main road along the shore of Bassenthwaite a path
can be followed beside Beckstones Gill, climbing just inside the forest.
This is an easier alternative to the rough face of Barf.
routes near Lord's Seat