Devoke Water & Seat How

Name of walk Devoke Water & Seat How
Date of walk 2017-10-27

After weeks of rain and wind, Friday was a blue sky day. So I drove to the top of the Birker Fell Road to walk to Devoke Water and up to Seat How. I didn’t bother to leave home until after nine. By mid morning on Seat How, the sun would be behind me, but high enough not to leave any shadow on the lake.

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A view out to the fells from my parking place on the road down to Stanley Ghyll, on the top of Birker Fell.

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The rusty sign post next to the footpath for Devoke Water.

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Looking back to my solitary car. There were no other cars or people, I shall have the place all to myself!

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Devoke Water ahead. On the left is Seat How from where the best views are to be had.

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I make my way down to the lake shore. This corner of the lake was quite still.

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Looking towards the old boat house with Yoadcastle Fell beyond.

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I walk down to the boat house before going up to Seat How.

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An empty boat house.

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I head up the grass. The easiest route up is round the back on the right.

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View back.

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I head around the back of the fell.

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Before I climb up via grassy ledges I take a photo of the track to Devoke Water with all the fells behind.

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Seat How summit.

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The glorious view!

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Kirk Fell on the left, Great Gable in cloud and Scafell on the right.

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Scafell, Slight Side and Ill Crag.

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Esk Pike and Bowfell.

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Crinkle Crags, Hard Knott, Harter Fell, and in front of that Green Crag.

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I sit for a while on a rock and take in the view. I can hear a family and a dog coming along the track. The sound travels quite a distance up here.

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Looking out to sea. To the right of Water Crag is Sellafield.

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I head back down and make for the lake shore, which is very wet.

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I head around the lake for the view back to Seat How.

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This is one of the those occasions where I can't decide which photo to use....what the hell....use both!

The walk was only about a mile or so, and took an hour and a half. You can walk all the way around the lake, but this is only really feasible after a period of dry weather as the route can get very boggy. The last time I was here I walked round Devoke Water via all the hills, which took over five hours, but does give great views. Today I was aiming to be back home by 1pm, so only time to go up one of the hills, the others will still be there on another day!

Jo.

 

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