16th February 2014

Almost two of us on Seat Sandal


Walk Overview
Time 9:50am to 2:15pm
Duration 4hr 25 min
Distance 7.5 mile
Ascent 2300 ft
Walking with Jennifer (then on my own)
A591 - Grasmere - A591 - Mill Bridge - Little Tongue - Hause Riggs - Hause Moss - Grisedale Hause - Seat Sandal - south ridge - Mill Bridge - A591 - Grasmere - A591
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Parking Spaces, A591 outside Grasmere

When Grasmere is very busy and parking is a problem, this would be a good place to try. It may be outside the village but it's only a 5 minute walk to the village centre. From the south end of the lay-by cross straight over the road and follow the signed footpath to Millennium Bridge and the church.


Weather Readings

The Gadget
All readings were taken using a Kestrel 2000 Weather Meter
Live temperature recorded at the time I press the hold key
Maximum Wind Speed Maximum wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location Average Wind Speed
Average wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location
Wind Chill
Combination of wind speed and temperature. The gadget does the calculations not me.

Route Map


A day of decent weather at the weekend has resulted in the Lake District being very busy today. Lots of people about, lots of cars in all the parking spots and no doubt lots of late disappointed comers with nowhere to park.

Today's objective is Seat Sandal. It's over there with a bit of snow on the top half. From this side it looks like there's just a light dusting, but the northern side of the fell it was a different thing altogether. Deep soft snow, deep semi frozen snow and for me, a nice taste of winter that made me realise what I'd been missing lately.

So this is what it's all about. I've noticed 'something' going on for a while as I've been driving past. From the road all I could really see was a pile of rubble which made me think they were building a house, but now I know the truth.


Even though I knew I'd be walking back down here later and looking at the view would be easy, I still made the effort to turn around and enjoy seeing Silver How.

Looking up towards Seat Sandal.

With lots of water in the beck we made use of the bridge instead of the ford as we'd normally do. Notice the ground on the left of the beck. I assume this something to do with the Hydro Electric Scheme. Once the grass grows back you'd hardly think they'd been here at all.

You have three choices to get up to Grisedale Hause from this direction. Tongue Gill, straight up the front of Little Tongue or as we did today, around the left hand side of Little Tongue.


Jennifer was struggling with a sore knee walking up here today so she suggested I carried on alone, while she headed back down the Tongue Gill route to Grasmere for a cuppa and a wander around until I turned up. We had a sort of plan so later on we would both end up at the same place at more or less the same time, , , but would the plan work??

There she goes.

Looking ahead to Grisedale Hause.

Grisedale Tarn and Dollywaggon Pike.

I didn't really expect to get this close to Fairfield, particularly as I'd turned down invites from two different people to walk up there today. We hadn't intended to walk on Seat Sandal, we just seemed to end up here, or at least I did. Jennifer would have been half way to Grasmere, but you already knew that.

Looking through the gap between Fairfield and Dollywaggon Pike towards St Sunday Crag. In the distance you can just make out a small part of Ullswater.

Here's another picture of Fairfield. I took this one just after the people in the picture had thanked me for leaving foot prints for them to hijack and I'd thanked them for theirs.

As it turned out it was a good job Jennifer headed back down. She wouldn't have been too keen on walking up here with a bad knee.

Looking back down the side of Seat Sandal and across to Dollywaggon Pike.


Seat Sandal summit in front of Great Rigg and Stone Arthur.

and now looking around to St Sunday Crag and Fairfield.

turning around even further, you see Dollywaggon Pike and the ridge towards Helvellyn. In the far distance are the Skiddaw fells.

These are the two cairns found across from the main summit. In the background you can see Easedale Tarn on the left of the picture and a big chunk of a snow capped Lakeland.

Looking back across to the summit I could see I didn't have the fell to myself. I've no idea where she (or he) came from or where they went but the photo proves I didn't imagine someone being there.

Seat Sandal and Fairfield. If you carefully you can make out the path we were on earlier.

Grasmere village, lake and vale, all seen from the fellside just above Three Rocks Ridge.

It's not actually called Three Rocks Ridge, it's just that this part of the ridge has three rocks on it.


Here I left the fellside, went through the gate on the left and rejoined the path I was on earlier.

Well, the plan must have worked because that's the woman in a red hat I'd been expecting to bump into.

A final look across to Seat Sandal before we got back to the car.

As we were getting ready to set off, this helicopter flew overhead, very low and very loud.
Come in number 29 your time is up!

David Hall -
Lake District Walks