Arnison Crag to Seat Sandal from Patterdale

Name of walk Arnison Crag to Seat Sandal from Patterdale
Date of walk 2010-05-31
Distance walked (miles) 11
Duration of walk 7 hours 15 minutes
Weather Sunshine
Peaks on walk Arnison Crag, Birks, St. Sunday Crag, Seat Sandal
Walked with Brendan
Parking Patterdale car park

Yesterday Brendan and I went to Patterdale to climb Arnison Crag (1424ft), Birks (2040ft), St. Sunday Crag (2756ft) and Seat Sandal (2415ft). The walk was about 11 miles long.

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The weather was a lot better than was forecast. We arrived at Patterdale for nine o`clock and set off for the track for Arnison Crag. Heading up by the wall with good views down Ullswater

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The summit is not too far.

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Looking along our route over to Birks on the right. We would ascend by the old wall that goes up steeply to near the summit. Then we would head for Gavel Pike on St. Sunday Crag....top, centre of photo.

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Looking back to Arnison Crag from the wall up Birks with Place Fell behind.

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View down to Hartsop.

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Birks summit with Striding Edge behind.

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Looking ahead to St. Sunday Crag. We would take the diagonal path to leading Gavel Pike and then go up to the summit.

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Brendan takes a breather.

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View back to Birks and Arnison Crag on the far right from Gavel Pike summit.

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Fairfield on the left of Deepdale Hause, St. Sunday Crag summit on the right. Seat Sandal seen through the gap.

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View down to Grisedale Tarn with Seat Sandal behind it. We head for Deepdale Hause for the track down to the tarn.

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Route up to Cofa Pike and Fairfield.

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Heading down the scree track.

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Until we meet the path that leads to the outflow.

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We stopped here for lunch. We decided to go up Seat Sandal on the right and come down via the steep scree path on the left.

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Fairfield from walk around the tarn.

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The steep track up Seat Sandal by the wall. Looking over to Dollywaggon Pike

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View to Grasmere, Windermere and Coniston from the summit.

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View north over Thirlmere to Skiddaw. The skies had darkened and it was not as warm as before.

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Looking over Helm Crag to Easedale Tarn with Crinkle Crags, Bowfell and the Scafells in the distance

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View down Grisedale Valley, our route back.

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The scree on the last section of the descent.

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We walk back to the tarn outflow and head down the valley. This would take us two hours as it is quite a way!

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Ruthwaite Lodge built in 1854 as a shooting lodge and is now a climbing hut.

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Still a way to go.

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We cross a rickerty rackerty bridge, but no sign of the troll.....no Billy Goats either, just sheep.

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Looking back up the valley. The sun was out again and it was hot!

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and again.

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We make for the road looking up at Birks and on the left is Arnison Crag.

We arrived at the Patterdale Hotel, where we had a well earned drink, seven and a quarter hours after we set off.
We then stopped off for a meal at the Queens Head, Troutbeck as neither of us felt like having to cook! Tom had gone to Cartmel Races for the day and would feed himself.
A good walk, but long and you end up wishing the track back along the valley wasn`t rock-strewn and uneven. We were both glad to see the road!
Jo.
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