High Tove and High Seat

Now the seasoned Wainwright walker will know all about the central spine that consists of 7 Wainwrights, running from Walla Crag to Ullscarf. They will also know, more specifically, about the part from Bleaberry Fell to Armboth Fell and how wet and boggy it can be. I can confirm it is indeed wet and boggy in parts, other parts aren’t too bad and other bits have had new paths put in so are perfect. Now as a seasoned Dartmoor walker I’m no stranger to bogs, peat hags and ground that disappears as you step on it. I therefore have had plenty of practice at avoiding it and threading myself through the worst parts. This walk was no different, I picked out the purple tinged grasses, knowing they can’t grow submerged (they like it a bit wet but are ok to walk on with care), I could see the depressions and avoided those. Myself and the boys had some mud splattered trousers and wet boots on the outside but not inside. It is possible to get around this place dry shod. However should you prefer you can do High Seat and High Tove separately. High Seat seems to have had a new path laid, coming up from Ashness Bridge, that path is on the OS maps, I could see the last 500 yards or so of it, newly laid chippings (similar to the new path up to Bleaberry Fell). High Tove is an easy walk up from Watendlath, the spots that are boggy have a second path through the grass, that walkers are using, so that one is easy. I enjoyed this walk, the views to Helvellyn are probably the best, because the Browncove Crags look fabulous backed by the 950 metre peak. Also the view into Borrowdale and up to Great Gable are fantastic, not as good as nearby Great Crag, but fantastic nonetheless. This walk takes me to 110 Wainwrights and this was the last of 4 walks this summer in the Lakes, so 110 will be it until I return towards the end of October.

Start – Watendlath
Route – High Tove – The Pewits – High Seat – The Pewits – Watendlath
Distance –  4 miles    Start time – 2.30pm     Time taken –  3hrs     Highest Point – High Seat 608metres
Weather – Pretty good, the sun was out it was warm ish, bit of a breeze on High Seat

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Watendlath, a tiny hamlet nestled in between the hills, there’s a bridge, the tarn, a farm and the tea room. The car park is national trust. Heading up this path the views open up quickly

As you can see its pretty steep and leads to a gate out on to open land

Once through the gate you can start to see more of the fells above Great Crag (the dark looking one in the middle ground

Shafts of sunlight burst through in the background on to Great Gable

High Tove summit with Helvellyn behind. The path up here wasn’t too bad, a boggy bits were easily avoided

Views across the The Dodds and Clough Head

High Tove summit and the fells around Great Gable

Armboth Fell is down there at the left end of the shadow, and that’s Ullscarf on the right. I did think about going to Armboth but that would have left High Seat and Ullscarf on their own. So High Seat was the better option

That’s High Seat on the left. Blencathra is at the back. Now this bit will be boggy, just take your time and work around the bad bits

Looking back to High Tove. For some reason I’d lost the path to the fence so we cross over it when you don’t need to. The path is left of here were the fence stops, turns and runs parallel up to High Seat

I’m stood on the stile just short of the summit of High Seat, you can see the peat hag area down there and the main path is to the left of the fence, however we came through the peat hags aiming for the higher heathery bits and found it not too bad

Love the layers of fells

That’s the High Seat summit up there, the boys are already off to the top

High Seat summit pillar

The Dodds and Clough Head

Some of the best views are north to Skiddaw, with Derwent Water and Bassenthwaite Lake on the left. Bleaberry Fell would be the next fell on this ridge if we were going that way

High Tove kind of blends in along this ridge with Ullscarf at the back

A fantastic view of Browncove Crags leading up to Helvellyn

A bit of zoom into Borrowdale. The Scafell massif left and Great Gable right

Our route down was off piste and picked up this fence which I knew lead back to the gate. Looking back to High Seat in the sun

And back into Watendlath. Next it was Keswick and a chippy tea

Not before jumping out the car just to grab a Surprise View!


4 thoughts on “High Tove and High Seat

  1. Some rather nice views there. I’m contemplating High Tove and Armboth Fell when I’m up in October, but would be from the Armboth side as I’m staying in Ambleside. Yet to do High Seat so that will probably need to be done as a single from Ashness Bridge.

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