Walk                           :  Seat Sandal (2,415 feet) from Dunmail Raise

Date                           :  17th  November  2018

Weather                    :  Clear blue sky, bright sunshine @ 8°C


Distance                   :  3 mile round trip

Time Taken              :  1 hour 30 mins to summit


Which part of Lakeland is this walk situated


Terrain Overview





After a week of nothing but gloom and doom in the media about bloody Brexit, a much welcomed escape to Lakeland had to be on the cards to clear the mind,

recharge the soul and just get out there and climb a big hill. What an absolute glorious day to be out on the fells. Seat Sandal from Dunmail Raise offers

no difficulties by way of navigation and route finding – but a steep a stony track up Raise Beck to Grizedale Tarn and a lung buster of a climb up the northern

shoulder following the wall to the summit. The views at the top were breathtaking



Travelling north out of Ambleside take the A591 towards Keswick and at the very top of Dunmail Raise there is plenty of free parking along the roadside

Whilst we got booted up and suitably attired Jones licks his lips at the prospect of being out in the great outdoors for several hours



The route up Raise Beck from the north bound side of the carriageway



Looking south towards Helm Crag and the “Howitzer” from the car park



Over the road at the side of the south bound carriageway a Stile gives access to the start of the walk



Looking towards Steel Fell at the start of the walk



The big bags of stones dropped of by helicopter for the “Fix the Fells Team



Out of the bright sun now as we start to climb the enclosed steep sided Raise Beck



The stony path closely runs parallel to the cascading waterfall



Just approaching the Col at the top of the waterfall. The A591 just barely visible down below



After some fairly rough and wet walking the path levels off more and the walking becomes easier as we get catch our first glimpse of St Sunday Crag



Look out for the old iron fence posts as this marks the turning point right to gain the summit of Seat Sandal by the north flank



The St Sunday Crag ridge line from the iron posts overlooking Grizedeale Tarn



From the posts the track climbs very steeply to the summit of Seat Sandal



Looking back to the Tarn from the steep climb



Looking west from the climb and Great Gable pops up above the Steel Fell ridge line



Panoramic view looking north over Dollywaggon Pike



After a strenuous pull to the top we finally make it to the summit of Seat Sandal and back into the welcome sunshine


Click here for a 360 degree panoramic view from the summit of Seat Sandal … https://youtu.be/pXDDFseZWEw



Jones waiting expectantly for his dinner



Looking across to Dollywaggon Pike and the very steep path up to its summit. The remaining daylight prevented us making this climb as we had to return down

Raise Beck which is more safely done in daylight



St Sunday Crag from the summit



Looking north towards Skiddaw



The wind shelter on the summit – much needed today



We stayed on top for some considerable time – the views today were just breathtaking



To the south Grasmere and Loughrigg Fell and a hazy view to the Coniston Fells



Scafell Pike, Great End, Great Gable and Pillar from the summit



Close up on the Skiddaw massif



Warm enough there Ste ??



Looking over Grizedale Tarn to Fairfield, Cofa Pike and St Sunday Crag



Being ever mindful of the diminishing daylight we head our way back down Raise Beck



Back down at the start and a final gaze at the Howitzer on “The Lion and the Lamb” before the last light. A fabulous day to be in Lakeland



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