The ideal time to take the tracks through the forest onto Whinlatter is during the winter months. Choose a day when the conditions have been cold and clear, and remain so. The ridge will found to be a delightful stroll rather than a tedious two-step avoiding the boggy patches. Skiddaw, Blencathra, and the Helvellyn range always look resplendent with a good sprinkling of snow.

The lower slopes of Whinlatter are clothed in forestry plantation largely of the usual monoculture. There are red squirrels around though; shy, and surprisingly well camouflaged by their colour on the trunks of the pines. Once out on the open fell the ridge is a mix of grass, heather and moss. Only the flank facing the pass has much rock and that mostly consisting of scree.

Those people with an eye for detail will notice on the map that the Wainwright top is at the far end of the ridge, called Brown How, which is slightly lower at 517m (569 yards) than Whinlatter Top in the middle at 525m (578 yards). All the more excuse to go and see the view from the former. It is rather fine.

This walk is a short and sweet, out and back from the Forestry Commission's visitor centre, which has a pay and display car park. A bus service also operates from Keswick. The parking place mentioned in Wainwright's North Western Fells book, including the Second Edition revised by Chris Jesty, has been blocked up. Double yellow lines discourage parking on the pass itself.