Earlier this week Sally’s Cottages have been out on a lovely walk from one of our larger cottages, Darling How, tucked away on the Whinlatter Pass. Sally's Cottages dogs, Moss and Rosie, accompanied Dan from Cotswolds and Sylvia from Cancer Research in Keswick on a lovely little walk through the forest to Broom Fell. This is a great walk for groups of mixed abilities staying in our Lake District cottages. The forest tracks go gently uphill and the entire walk is no more than 5 miles.
With Moss leading the way we set out on the forest track, crossing Aitkin Beck and working our way gently uphill into the Darling How plantation. Soon we were on the edge of the forest above the tree line, but could hardly see the cottage below in the haze.
We left the shelter of the wood and found a pile of slates balanced precariously, perfect for crossing the fence. Now it was just a little further uphill following a path in the grass to the top of Broom Fell. We all crammed into the small stone shelter and tried to defend our sandwiches (unsuccessfully) from the dogs.
After our lunch stop on Broom Fell we walked the short distance to Lord’s Seat. The haze hadn’t lifted all day and there were no views to be had today. So we descended back into the forest where the icy wind finally gave way to sunshine.
We made our way back to the car along the forest tracks from Lord's Seat, throwing sticks for the dogs, full of energy thanks to their extra helping of sandwich/pork pie. On the way home we called into the Whinlatter visitor centre which has a lovely cafe serving amazing homemade cake (not shared with dogs!). This is a great walk for guests stopping in our Lake District cottages in Lorton or Keswick.