Seat Sandal

Seat Sandal

Route: Seat Sandal

Area: Eastern Lake District

Date of walk: 11th May 2019

Walkers: Andrew, Gilly and James

Distance: 5.2 miles

Ascent: 2,200 feet

Weather: Mixed cloud and sun – lovely conditions

Our son James needed to visit Grasmere in order to register for the Fred Whitton Challenge, a 112 mile cycle event around the Lake District taking place tomorrow. This prompted us to plan a walk near Grasmere, and it didn’t take long to decide on Seat Sandal as our target. We have fond memories of a great walk on our last visit here 3 years ago

We parked in a small layby next to the bus stop outside Grasmere and, after walking beside the busy road for a couple of minutes, we turned off to follow the path along Tongue Gill. Part of the path was washed away in 2015 during Storm Desmond and a well established detour is now in place. After overtaking a large group of walkers near the start we made the simple climb up to Hause Gap. After enjoying the view over Grisedale Tarn we started the final short but very steep section to the summit of Seat Sandal. As soon as we left the hause we had the place to ourselves and only saw one other walker on the entire route, a pleasant surprise as today was a Saturday and the weather was exceptional

The long descent down the nose of Seat Sandal must be one of the best in lakeland. It’s set at a fairly easy gradient, and the views are superlative all the way down, especially those over Grasmere village and its lake – take care though not to trip over a passing rock whilst gawping at them

It was a great walk, enhanced by the weather conditions

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