Lord's Lot and St Catherine's Church.

Start. Crosthwaite (Back Lane).

Route. Crosthwaite (Back Lane) - Hardriggs - Lord's Lot - Low Fold - St Catherin's Church - Hart Howe - Back Lane - Crosthwaite.

Notes. For some unknown reason I woke up today thinking about a walk I read about over twenty years ago, Sue says I'm sad, I think the walk was named Lord's Lot, I distinctly remembered the author describing the summit views as "not so interesting but rural", I went to hunt for the guide book but was unable to find it, never mind the hill was still there it was staring at me from the map sheet, I'd have to go and find out for myself what "not so interesting but rural" looked like.

Lord's Lot is one of the small rocky mounds that closes the head of Lyth Valley, the obvious place to park was Crosthwaite, I parked just off Back Lane next to the banks of the River Gilpin. My route took me up Back Lane to enter an obvious bridleway on the right, after 200 yards a brightly coloured finger post beckoned me into the fields, I obliged. Heading north I soon found myself ascending the slopes of Lord's Lot through Birch and Gorse to be welcomed by a small summit cairn, interesting but rural views turned out to be quite extensive, very good in fact. From the summit I made my way north east through fields passing Low Fold en route to St Catherine's Church, this ruined chapel restored in 1993 sits in a small enclosure above Crook, it's well worth a visit. Retracing my steps I made my way to the farm lane leading to Birk Moss, followed by a steady descent over the slopes of Hart Howe to enter Back Lane 3/4 of a mile north of where I originally left it.

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The bridleway off Back Lane.

The first view of Lord's Lot.

Rising above a Gorse and Birch plantation the summit of Lord's Lot.

Heading through Gorse and Birch en route to the summit of Lord's Lot.

Rising on the western skyline Gummer's How.

This small cairn marks the summit of Lord's Lot.

From the summit views to Gummer's How.

The northern end of Whitbarrow Scar across Lyth Valley.

Looking over Lord's Lot, Cunswick Scar across the western skyline.

The not so interesting but rural view to the Whinfell Ridge.

On the descent looking to Birk Moss Plantation.

Stunning views across South Lakeland.

From near Low Fold views to the limestone plateau of Scout Scar.

The first view of St Catherine's Church.

The remains of St Catherine's Church, Built around 1620, this tower is all that remains of the church that served the parish from 1516 until 1887, when because of structural defects the main body had to be demolished. Restored in 1993 thanks to donations from English Heritage, the Lake District Special Planning Board and one in memory of Judy Logan of Birk Moss Crook.

Looking to the Crook Valley, the grey building in the centre of the picture is the new St Catherine's Church built in 1882, in it is housed the 14th century bell from the original church.

Nearing Birk Moss looking to Lord's Lot.

From the gentle slopes of Hart Howe views across the valley of the river Gilpin, Gummer's How rising above Scott How and Cat Crag.

On Hart Howe with hazy views over the upper Lyth Valley.

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