8th July 2006

Seat Sandal and Grisedale Tarn from the Travellers Rest Nr Grasmere.


Walk Overview
Time 09.10 to 11.50
Duration 2 hr 40 min
Distance 5 mile
Ascent 2329 ft
Walking with On my own
A591 (Travellers Rest) - Little Tongue - Grisedale Hause - Seat Sandal - A591 (Travellers Rest)
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside parking, A591 outside Grasmere

I've described this spot as roadside parking, but it is actually a rather long lay-by found between Grasmere and the bottom of Dunmail Raise. It is quite a popular spot, so latecomers may arrive to find it full. If this turned out to be the case the best alternative would be to try one of the car parks in Grasmere itself. It all depends on where you're going of course, but the distance this would add onto your walk is not much at all.


Route Map

The bottom of the track I followed to Grisedale Tarn. If you wish; from Grisedale Tarn the track continues down to the village of Patterdale, but I was doing a much shorter walk than that today.

Looking back down towards Grasmere and Loughrigg Fell.

The ford that needs to be crossed at the bottom of Great Tongue.
There are three different routes that can be taken from here. The one I took today goes off to the left onto Little Tongue, another one turns right and follows Tongue Gill, the third goes straight through the Bracken on Great Tongue. Which ever path you take; they all meet up again just below Hause Moss.

Looking down Little Tongue.

The path which follows Tongue Gill can be seen clearly from here, running across the fellside above the gill.

The cross roads of paths at Grisedale Hause seen from the steep path up Seat Sandal.
The path I'd followed comes into the picture from the right.
The path running out to the left takes you past Grisedale Tarn and down to Patterdale.
The steep path running up into the scree leads to Fairfield.

Seat Sandal summit.

Grasmere seen from the start of my route off Seat Sandal.

And looking in the same direction from a little further down the route.

A close up of Town Head.

The route I took from Seat Sandal went down the side of the fell, through a couple of fields and back onto the path I used at the start of the road. There's a gate which takes you back onto the path, just to the left of this old building.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks