Seathwaite Fell - Route One

 

Start - Seathwaite NY 235 122 Distance - 2 miles Ascent - 1,720 feet Time - 1 hour : 40 minutes


Seathwaite Farm
Seathwaite Fell from the track leading to Stockley Bridge
Taylorgill Force from the track to Stockley Bridge
Seathwaite Fell from Stockley Bridge
A gate on the other side of the bridge gives access to the bridleway which leads over Sty Head Pass
Looking back along the River Derwent from Stockley Bridge
Looking up Grains Gill from Stockley Bridge
The path to Sty Head is only followed as far as the intake wall
Black Waugh and Aaron Crags from the Sty Head path
Looking back from the Sty Head path
Aaron Crags from the intake wall.  The route of ascent continues across the open fellside and climbs towards the base of Aaron Crags
Seathwaite Fell is usually climbed from Sprinkling Tarn.  Wainwright suggested two routes which take a more direct line up the northern face to the summit, which he called Route A and Route B.  This is Route A - the steep grass gully to the right of the prominent rock tower on Aaron Crags
Route A gully from the shelter stone which AW noted on his diagram of this ascent
Looking over to Glaramara from the start of the gully
There is no difficulty in climbing the gully other than its steepness
Looking over to Base Brown with Dale Head and High Spy on the right
Borrowdale from halfway up the Route A gully
The upper part of the gully which divides above the prominent rowan tree
Looking down the lower part of the gully
Borrowdale from near the top of Route A gully
Base Brown and Dale Head from near the top of the gully
Looking down from the top of the gully
The top of the rock tower on Aaron Crags lies a short distance to the left across the top of the gully
Looking down on Grains Gill from the top of the rock tower
Great Gable and Green Gable from the top of the rock tower
Borrowdale from the top of the rock tower
The Glaramara ~ Allen Crags ridge from the top of the rock tower
The summit ridge of Seathwaite Fell from the rock tower
Looking back to Borrowdale on the ascent to the summit of Seathwaite Fell
The summit of Seathwaite Fell comes into view
Looking over to Glaramara from the climb to the summit
Looking back from just below the summit, Brandreth appears over the col between Green Gable and Base Brown
The summit cairn on Seathwaite Fell
Great Gable from the summit of Seathwaite Fell
Borrowdale from the summit of Seathwaite Fell
Esk Pike and Great End from the summit of Seathwaite Fell.  Although this is traditionally regarded as the summit, Wainwright acknowledged that highest point of the fell lies a third of a mile to the south, seen here in right middle foreground
The summit tarn on Seathwaite Fell with Lingmell appearing over an intermediate summit on the ridge
Looking back to "Wainwright's summit" from the climb to the intermediate summit
Lingmell from the intermediate summit
Looking back to the "Wainwright summit" from the intermediate summit
The highest point of Seathwaite Fell from the intermediate summit
The cairn on the highest point of Seathwaite Fell
Looking down on Sty Head
Great End and Scafell Pike
Allen Crags and Esk Pike
Glaramara
Looking back to the "Wainwright summit" from the highest point of Seathwaite Fell

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