Graystones

Graystones is one of the Whinlatter fells, being the nearest to Lorton village in the north-west of the National Park.  I should have climbed it as part of a previous walk, but was confused by the closure of a path by the Forestry Commission.  In fact, the path was irrelevant, and I should have spent more time reading the map.  The fell is not large enough to make a worthwhile walk by itself, so we included Broom Fell and Lord's Seat for good measure.

Here are the pictures (click on any picture for a larger version)


We started from Scawgill Bridge on the Whinlatter road, down on the right.  This is the view towards Whinlatter forest as we climbed Graystones. Grisedale Pike is the high top in the distance.  The brown area in the foreground is mainly the result of the great storm in January 2005.  It extends a long way to the left, and I must say that I find it puzzling why it has not been cleared, at least as far as to re-open the footpath running through it - which has been closed ever since the storm.  But the Commission goes in for swathes of (man-made) destruction; there are plenty in Whinlatter, similar to this eyesore.
From higher up Graystones, the views east and south open up.  This picture shows the western end of the Whiteside - Hopegill Head ridge


Further round to the east, you can see Hopegill Head, with Ladyside Pike in front, and Grisedale Pike on the centre of the picture.
Mission accomplished! Skiddaw in the far distance, behind Broom Fell and Lord's Seat, which we will be visiting.


Grisedale Pike on full zoom.
Looking back at Graystones (the one with the forest around its foot) from the top of Broom Fell.


The massive monument on the top of Broom Fell, with Skiddaw as a backdrop.
The view over to Skiddaw from the top of Lord'sm Seat, with Barf in the foreground.


The forest track down from Lord's Seat. Broom Fell is on the right, Graystones out of sight round the corner.
Here is Graystones, with lots of lovely young fir trees about to envelop its flanks...


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