At 2,415 feet Seat Sandal from Grasmere offers a steep but rewarding Lake District climb. I particular the hidden land towards Grisedale Tarn is ripe for exploration.
Seat Sandal is a familiar site for anyone travelling along the A591 between Keswick and the southern Lakes. Above Dunmail Raise the mountain’s uniformally steep slopes make it look like a formidable climb. It is. As a result many cheat and sacrifice some height by starting on Dunmail Raise. Alternatively it can be tagged on to a climb of Fairfield but this is a steep climb and not really enroute anywhere.
It is best to tackle Seat Sandal from Grasmere, something I did during the winter months in the snow and certainly the most enjoyable way I have ever climbed the mountain. It was superb as hopefully the photos show and even though it was a steep climb and descent it was safe and very enjoyable, the views superb aside from the summit which had some wispy cloud on.
The steep descent to Grisedale Tarn is well worth the hammering your knees will take, it is a fine spot.
The steep and uniform slopes do become confusing in bad weather. Not so much on the climb when all routes eventually lead to the summit but on the descent when a few degrees out can lead to a very different point at the mountain’s foot.
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