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Great Shunner and Lovely Seat

January 22, 2019

Great Shunner and Lovely Seat make a long but entertaining circuit between Wensleydale and Swaledale. The climb up Great Shunner is straightforward, the crossing over Buttertubs to Lovely Seat less so.

The Walk

Two wild and lonely Yorkshire Dales’ peaks can be collected in a long walk from either Hardraw in Wensleydale or Thwaite in Swaledale. Many thousands will have traipsed past the summit of Great Shunner Fell (being on the Pennine Way). However I cannot believe many but the most intrepid have been up its neighbour Lovely Seat.

I only combined these two recently and found it really satisfying despite the snowy conditions which made some of the walking hard work. The advantage though is that the partly frozen ground meant that I avoided the marshy conditions which surely characterise this walk after a wet spell and was able to fairly motor on the down hill stretches, particularly from the summit of Lovely Seat. On a warm summer’s evening this must be great descent.

Great Shunner and Lovely Seat are 2 of the Dales 30 Mountains


Try this walk at different times of the year.

Navigation Tips Great Shunner and Lovely Seat

Following the line of the broken fence is the most important think to do when crossing from Great Shunner to Lovely Seat. Follow it to Buttertubs and then across the bog straight up Lovely Seat. From the summit of Lovely Seat the route is pathless. Take a southerly bearing and you may get wet feet but you will reach the bridleway after 1 1/2 miles.

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