Back in 'The Day', I used to organise midsummer evening walks, usually in the Lake District, to places like Helvellyn and Coniston Old Man. Then we moved these outings to the South Lakes, of which this Whitbarrow walk is a fine example, then the tradition lapsed.
Here's my 2005 diary entry for that year's walk. And wasn't it fun!...
Whitbarrow East and Lords Seat
This is a repeat of last year's 16th of June walk with Richard and Jenny. This time they were on holiday but Andrew joined us for a lovely warm summer's evening,
After a horrible day at work for Sue, we left home at 5:40 and got to Raven's Lodge by 7 pm. Retraced slightly to a sunny place for a picnic - avocado and prawns, pate and blue brie butties, then strawberries and cream. Somewhat better than the poor fare Andrew got at the nearby pub.
Andrew's GPS was tested and worked fine - 11 stages on this route. (He had been on a course last weekend.)
We set off at 7:35 along the warm, shady path through the woods. No woodpeckers today, but lots of GPS.
Many large orchids in the woods leading up to Lords Seat, to which we emerged in bright sunshine. A runner sprinted up and down to the large cairn, training for fell running, whilst Sue sat on the top and we all enjoyed a beer and a brownie.
Then we continued along the crest, with views to the Coniston hills, towards the other end of the hill, where we observed a nice but bland sunset.
Then a pleasant walk, still in shorts, back to the cars, reached at 10:10 pm.
Here's the route - about 9km with 250 metres ascent.