|Walk:||Grasmere, Tongue Gill, Seat Sandal, Grisedale Hause, Fairfield, Great Rigg, Stone Arthur, Brackenwife Knotts, Winterseeds|
|Start Point:||Lay-by on A591, Grasmere||Grid Ref:||NY 338 084|
|Distance:||7.5 miles||Ascent:||3,500 feet|
|Weather:||A sunny day with magnificent views, a very cold breeze and dusting of snow at higher levels.|
9 members of the group
|Comments:||The latest forecast promised a sunny day and we were not disappointed. With the air remarkably clear the views of distant fells were the best I have seen them for a few months. After the long climb to the summit of Seat Sandal I think some of the party were a little surprised that they had a 750 foot descent before making their way up the steep scree path to Fairfield (1,000 feet of ascent!). Spending a little time to check out the views, and play another game of 'Name that Fell', we continued on to Great Rigg - only a modest undulation to reach its summit. Then it was all downhill to Stone Arthur, stopping in the shelter of a rocky outcrop for lunch. Taking a pathless route to the west we descended over Brackenwife Knotts and stayed on the higher path to return to the cars via Winterseeds.|
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Getting ready - with Helm Crag and Steel Knotts on the left of the A591 . . .
but our route lies up Seat Sandal on the right
The plaque on the last house as you turn up Tongue Gill - wonder if the owners have done the walk?
Helm Crag right of centre and the Coniston fells in the distance to the left
The beginning of the climb - grassy but steep in places . . .
and some of the group prefer a faster pace!
Crinkle Crags and the Langdale Fells come into view . . .
whilst higher up we can make out Wetherlam, Swirl How and Great Carrs . . .
and to the North our first glimpse of Dollywagon Pike, Nethermost Pike and Helvellyn . . .
with Skiddaw just West of North
Finally at the summit of Seat Sandal . . .
we find a sheltered spot for a coffee break . . .
Descending in a northerly direction the views over Grisedale Tarn to St Sunday Crag and Fairfield . . .
are just irresistible
The early part of the climb up to Fairfield with Seat Sandal on the left and Grisedale Tarn on the right . . .
and lots more climbing still to do!
Almost at the top, time for another view of the Helvellyn range . . .
and Striding Edge
Two people are just descending from the top of Cofa Pike . . .
which would be crossed en route to St Sunday Crag . . .
but I'll stay at the top of the route . . .
before heading across to Fairfield summit - check out the cornice, to be avoided at all costs!
The dusting of snow on the Far Eastern Fells highlights the ridges
Fairfield summit cairn . . .
where the group celebrates before . . .
making the gradual descent on the way to . . .
Great Rigg . . .
and time for a quick photo
The wind is still very cold so we take advantage of the shelter afforded by a rocky outcrop . . .
before continuing down to Stone Arthur . . .
also known as Arthur's Seat
Two weeks ago we were here just in t-shirts . . .
but today we need the jackets and gloves!
Descending over Brackenwife Knotts we can see most of the walk we have done . . .
and the long lay-by which is now full of cars
A new use for a door - from a HUGE doorway . . .
seen as we walked through Winterseeds Farm