|Distance:||22.1 km or 13.7 miles|
|Ascent:||1043m or 3422ft|
After my last visit to Whinlatter I wanted to go back and do a loop of most of the interesting looking tops in the area, so that's exactly what I did this past Saturday. Unfortunately, the weather turned out miserable with rain for most of the day and very low hanging cloud.
Ended up taking longer than expected, as there was some humming and hawing about where to go - the Ordnance Survey map for this area is pretty poor, with next to no footpaths being labelled. When we got towards Graystones from Broom Fell, the paths that we ended up taking involved crossing a stile that had had a fence built around it - whether that was supposed to mean that path wasn't to be used anymore, I have no idea! We met some other walkers coming along the other way, so it seems it's just as unclear from the other direction.
The top of Barf - we got used to the colour grey after seeing it all day
Good thing I had the gaiters on - mud was the order of the day.
The top of Broom Fell - would have made a good place to stop for lunch if it weren't so wet. We pushed on hoping the rain would ease up a little...
A path trough the woods at Darling How Plantation - I thought it was pretty cool the way the tops of the trees was obscured. The map marked "Spout Force" being in this area, but we must have walked right past it as we never saw any kind of waterfall. Looking at photos after the fact, it seems like quite a big thing to miss, but somehow me managed to.
Quite a bit of forestry track walking between Graystones and Whinlatter, but the track we were on ended up taking us to exactly where we needed to be.
The cloud finally started to lift as we headed up to Whinlatter Top for our final top.