6th February 2005

Up in the cloud and snow on Brandreth / Grey knotts.


Walk Overview
Time 09.15 to 14.15
Duration 5 hr
Distance 7.7 mile
Ascent 2667 ft
Walking with On my own
Seathwaite - Gillercomb - Base Brown - Green Gable - Brandreth - Grey Knotts - Honister Pass - Seatoller - Seathwaite
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside parking leading to Seathwaite, Borrowdale

The popularity of the fells around here are more than reflected in the number of cars you find lining the road from Seathwaite Farm working back in the direction of Seatollor. I'm almost tempted to say that this is somewhere you'll never fail to get parked. Simply join the back of the line on the grass verge.

Parking is free and there is a tea room and toilets at Seathwaite.


Route Map

Looking down to Borrowdale from the top of Sourmilk Gill.

Undoubtedly a very boggy area, but the path follows a dryer route along the higher ground on the right of the picture.

Base Brown summit.
From the Gillercomb path I took a short detour to Base Brown summit. The cloud briefly moved allowing me a view of the High Seat ridge.

Almost back to the point where the path from Gillercomb meets the Green Gable / Base Brown ridge.
The path from Gillercomb comes from the right of this picture.

Another break in the cloud. This time looking back towards Base Brown.
Visibility got very bad from this point and shortly after leaving Green Gable summit it started to snow. Wintry conditions indeed.

Something I recognise, so now I know I'm going in the right direction !!!
This is one of the tarns on Gillercomb Head, just before I reached Brandreth summit.


Somewhere between Brandreth and Grey Knotts.
Although the visibility was bad across here, the route isn't that difficult to follow. The path runs alongside a wire fence almost from Brandreth to Honister Slate Mine. Once I got to the fence there was no problem with navigation.

Grey Knotts summit.

Out of the clouds again and looking down to Honister Pass and Borrowdale.

Honister Slate Mine.
The path from Grey Knotts to Honister Pass is very steep and quite difficult.

From Little Gatesgarthdale looking across to High Doat and Great Crag.

Looking back up to Honister Pass from one of the fields above Seatoller.


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Lake District Walks