Can anybody advise which (if any) Lakes peaks are the most shaded?
I'm hoping to avoid the sun a little if possible. All the summits I can think of are bare, but perhaps there are some with more tree cover on the way up.
Double points if it's a Marilyn.
Lord's Seat (a Marilyn) + Barf from Whinlatter has quite a lot of tree cover until you get near the summits.
Dodd, on the Bassenthwaite side of Skiddaw. Walk through the the woods most of the way. No idea if it's a Marilyn but it is a Wainwright.
Latrigg above Keswick? At least some of the paths up are in forest until almost at the summit.
Gummers how is a marilyn i think. if walking from the nearby car park a lot of the path is under and around tree cover.
"Peak" might be stretching it, but Swinside is a Marilyn, and is forested to the top. https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/5971319
No public access, but plenty either try their luck or ring for permission (number is in the comments here):
Also not a "peak" but Watch Hill is a Marilyn with forest tracks to the summit. Near Cockermouth:
Along the same lines (small, but a Marilyn) is Claife Heights
A lot of the walk up to castle crag is in woods, and it's the smallest Wainwright... 👍
Hampsfell if climbed from Grange has woodland a lot of the way. Might be a Marilyn? It has a stone thingy on top to get out of the sun. How often do you need to do this in the Lakes?
> Latrigg above Keswick? At least some of the paths up are in forest until almost at the summit.
It used to be. I was looking at that summit (albeit from a long distance) a couple of weeks ago and it looks like a large part of the upper forest on the south side has been clear felled.
Any hill from the south, will roughly have the sun on your back as you climb. Your bag will be getting much of the direct sun. Not shade, but better than beaming into the face. Better still, start early.
Thanks all. Some great suggestions.
There are probably better threads to debate why, but it does seem odd there isn't more tree cover. The Lakes fells are remarkably barren in that regard.
> There are probably better threads to debate why, but it does seem odd there isn't more tree cover. The Lakes fells are remarkably barren in that regard.
Quick and simplistic answer: sheep!
Raven Crag in Thirlmere is through forest almost all the way to the top. It isn't very big, but it is a Wainwright.
Or if you go up Eagle Crag in Borrowdale at this time of year, you'll probably be up to your neck in bracken on most of the ascent!
Claife heights can be done with near total tree cover and is a Marilyn too. Quiet walk in and lovely view points towards coniston and over Windermere