Grey Friar - Route One

 

Start - Walna Scar Road SD 238 968 Distance - 3.2 miles Ascent - 2,020 feet Time - 2 hours : 15 minutes

The walk starts from Long House Gill Bridge on the Walna Scar Road.  There is room to park for half a dozen cars on the wide verge below the bridge
Looking to White Pike from the parking space.  The Walna Scar Road continues on as a rough track alongside Long House Gill, bound for Coniston
The way ahead crosses the bridge over Long House Gill and continues along the Seathwaite Tarn access track
Harter Fell across the Duddon Valley
The Seathwaite Tarn access track.  The summit ridge of Grey Friar is just visible on the left centre horizon
The Scafell group appear over the Hard Knott ridge
Slight Side and Scafell across the crags of Sunny Pike
Harter Fell from the Seathwaite Tarn access track
Looking back to the lower Duddon Valley
White Pike from the Seathwaite Tarn access track
Pikes and Caw from the Seathwaite Tarn access track
Looking over the Duddon Valley to Green Crag and Crook Crag
Higher on the Seathwaite Tarn access track
After climbing steadily for almost a mile the access track begins to level out as Slight Side and Scafell come into view
Looking back to White Pike and Caw
The track continues on for another half a mile without gaining or losing much height on the approach to the Seathwaite Tarn dam
The summit of Grey Friar comes into view as the track passes below the crags of Lead Pike
The Seathwaite Tarn dam comes into view
Looking back to Green Crag and Crook Crag
Seathwaite Tarn dam was built in 1904 and is actually two dams separated by a rock knoll.  The main dam is almost 150 yards long with the tarn outflow at its northern end, the north (subsidiary) dam incorporates an auxiliary overflow
Harter Fell from the Seathwaite Tarn dam
There is a flagged walkway below the parapet of the dam which leads to steel-mesh walkways over the tarn's main outflow and auxiliary overflow
Looking across Seathwaite Tarn from the main dam's walkway
Green Crag, Crook Crag and Harter Fell from Seathwaite Tarn dam
Troutal Fell from the near the end of the main dam's walkway
Green Crag, Crook Crag and Harter Fell from the Seathwaite Tarn outflow
Looking back from the end of the subsidiary dam
Shudderstone How and Near Hill Crag across Seathwaite Tarn from the end of the subsidiary dam
Above the end of the dam a small marker cairn indicates the start of a faint path which climbs a grass slope between the rocky outcrops of Loft Rigg How and Tarn Brow to gain the south-west ridge of Grey Friar
Looking across to the crags of Great Blake Rigg from the climb to the south-west ridge
Looking back to the Seathwaite Tarn dam from the climb to the south-west ridge
The head of Seathwaite Tarn with Swirl Band on the left skyline and Brim Fell over Far Hill Crag on the right
Approaching the line of the south-west ridge
Coniston Old Man and Dow Crag across Seathwaite Tarn
The summit of Grey Friar comes into view on gaining the south-west ridge
Harter Fell over the south-west ridge of Grey Friar
The Scafells, Esk Pike and Crinkle Crags appear over the south-west of Grey Friar
Brim Fell, Coniston Old Man and Dow Crag from the south-west ridge of Grey Friar
The path becomes much clearer as it climbs the slope of Wether How on the south-west ridge
Seathwaite Tarn from Wether How on the south-west ridge of Grey Friar
Looking across to the Scafells
The final slope leading up to the summit of Grey Friar
Swirl How and the top of Great How Crags appear over the summit ridge of Grey Friar
The summit cairn on Grey Friar looking towards Dow Crag
The slightly lower northern cairn backed by the Scafells
Harter Fell from the northern cairn on Grey Friar
The Helvellyn and Fairfield groups of fells from the northern cairn on Grey Friar
Great Carrs and Swirl How
The main cairn backed by Brim Fell and Coniston Old Man from the northern cairn with Dow Crag on the right
The "Matterhorn Rock" on the summit of Grey Friar

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