|Barf from the road|
The Whinlatter Fells looked perfect, not too high, with woodland paths giving way to grassy slopes. How wrong we were. There was some kind of motorcross event happening and as a result some of the forest paths were closed to walkers, including our chosen route.
|looking back across the Vale of Keswick|
|looking back down our "path" up|
Each time we reached the end of a section of the "walk" I thought it must get easier, but no - the ascent was full-on right up to the summit!
|not looking any easier...|
We made it up to the summit of Barf in about 45 minutes, and we certainly looked back on it as an achievement, as most of the going was near vertical. The views on the day were great though. Barf provided some great views of Skiddaw across Bassenthwaite Lake, as well as views down the Vale of Keswick.
|Skiddaw over Bassenthwaite Lake from Barf summit|
|Lord's Seat summit|
|Broom Fell summit cairn|
The final fell of the day, Graystones was further than it looked and was a bit tougher than the previous two - still a walk in the park compared to our ascent of Barf.
|looking south-westwards on the way to the summit of Graystones|
There were some great views over towards Cockermouth and the last two Wainwrights of the North Western fells Ling Fell and Sale Fell as well as a view back to the North Western Fells from the edge of the plantation.
If the last few walks across the ridges made us almost forget that we were high up, the walk back down to Scawgill Bridge reminded us very quickly of that fact - it was nothing compared to the scramble up Barf but it wasn't easy by any means.
|looking down from Graystones|
|a look back to Graystones|