Arthur’s Pike:


Approx 6 miles


The Spout Force car park, below Darling How Farm. Off the main B5292 ‘Whinlatter Pass Road’.

Why we love this walk?

This Wainwright walk is an ideal fell walk for those who don’t want a huge scramble to the top, but still want all of the highs that a fell walk brings. This walk offers steady climbs to the top and breathtaking views at the summit. Much of the route is along forestry roads making this a pleasant walk. There are some sections in the forest that can get boggy so please do take care, correct walking footwear is essential.

For more details please head to the bottom of this page and view our Strava map.

The start of the walk along forestry road

The summit of Lord’s Seat comes into view

The path to the summit from the stile

The summit of Lord’s Seat

The Route

The Spout Force car park, below Darling How Farm, is the starting point for this walk with free parking for approximately ten cars. From here you follow the forestry road into the Aiken Beck Valley (image 1). Approximately two miles from the car park the forest road reaches the head of the valley. Here a waymark post indicates the start of the forest climb, we took this route for our return journey. It was particularly wet and boggy on our visit so, for our ascent, we decided to continue along the forestry road until taking a left further along (see Strava map at the bottom of the page). On a dry day I would recommend following the waymark post.

Climb through the forest until you reach the main path, follow left until you reach the summit. Lord’s Seat will soon come into view (image 2). The main path ends with a stile, here you begin the steady climb up to Lord’s Seat (image 3).

The summit of Lord’s Seat is marked by a solitary iron fence post and a small cairn (image 4), the views at the top are simply beautiful. With a height of 552m this is a modest climb, you could also begin this walk from Whinlatter Visitor Centre.

Having reached the summit of Lord’s Seat, we returned in the same general direction. This allowed us a relatively quick, and easy, return journey to the car!

A modest Wainwright with steady climbs, perfect for older children who can manage the 6 mile distance.

hiking household

There are many wonderful walks to be found in this area, for more information see below:

For Whinlatter Forest please click here.

For Force Crag Mine please click here.

For a Whinlatter bike trail please click here.