25th July 2009

Grey Crag and Tarn Crag from Wet Sleddale


Walk Overview
Time 09.15 to 16.40
Duration 7 hr 25 min
Distance 14.2 mile
Ascent 2300 ft
Walking with Andrew Leaney
Wet Sleddale - Lunch House - Gray Bull - Sleddale Pike - Great Saddle Crag - Great Yarlside - Harrop Pike - Grey Crag - Tarn Crag - Brunt Tongue - Mosedale Beck - Scam Mathew - High Wether How - Haskew Tarn - Seat Robert - Willy Fold - Cooper's Green - Wet Sladdale
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Wet Sleddale Reservoir

This car park offers access to the wonderfully remote Shap Fells. Even though the terrain around here is wide open and remote, the car park itself is actually quite close to the busy A6 road and the village of Shap.

Parking is free and I should imagine you'll always manage to get a space.


Route Map

Wet Sleddale Reservoir and dam.
Notice the Wet Sleddale(ness) monster swimming towards the dam.

This picture looking across to Shap and the distant Pennine hills nicely sets the scene for a day of wide open spaces and long distance views.

The Lunch House.

Gray Bull; presumably left here by the retreating ice during the last ice age, but looking more like it simply fell out of the sky.

Looking ahead to Sleddale Pike. It's not very steep, I'll give you that, but striking out across pathless terrain like this is such hard work.

Wet Sleddale Reservoir seen from Sleddale Pike's summit.

I did say earlier that this would be a day of open spaces and long distance views, and here you are.
As far as fell walking goes, this is the kind of landscape I prefer above all others.


High Wether Howe and Seat Robert (behind the craggy area in the middle of the picture). We'd be walking there later in the day, but we still had a long way to go before we reached them.

On Great Yarlside's summit.

To state the obvious, this is not an area to be wandering about in during poor visibility or in the middle of winter after weeks of heavy rain.

From Great Yarlside it was a simple case of following the fence to Harrop Pike.

Harrop Pike summit.

And a short walk further on is the summit of Grey Crag.

I was expecting this section of the walk, between Grey Crag and Tarn Crag, to be much wetter than it turned out to be. We may have reached the other end with a bit more mud on our legs than we had when I took this picture, but we were certainly no wetter.

Less than a stones throw away from Tarn Crag's summit is this survey pillar; left over from the time when the Haweswater Dam was being built.

A grounds eye view across the ridge extending north east between Tarn Crag and Brunt Tongue. This seemingly never ending ridge would eventually take us down to Mosedale; the valley seen on the left hand side of the picture.
Notice Wet Sleddale Reservoir in the centre of the picture; looking an awfully long way from here!

Harter Fell, Branstree and High Street, taken from the same place; only this time I was standing up.

From here we headed down to the bridge across Mosedale Beck, or at least we did after a short de-tour to photograph what from a distance looked like a small sheepfold, but turned out to be a false alarm.

A close up of Mosedale Cottage.

Down by the bridge and ready for a relaxing sit down for ten minutes where it also seemed like an appropriate time to empty all the mud, bits of grass, leaves and a couple of small stones out of my boots.

A final view into Mosedale, taken as we walk to the wonderfully named Scam Mathew.

High Wether Howe Summit cairn.

Haskew Tarn.

Seat Robert felt like the start of the final leg of the journey, in reality though, we were still almost four miles from the end of the walk.

Willy Fold, close enough to the route to warrant a de-tour.


It was almost wall to wall sunshine as we neared the end of the walk. It wasn't quite what was forecast, but I'm not complaining.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks