Seat Sandal from Grasmere

  • A fine setting above Grasmere
  • 360 degree views
  • Enjoy Grisedale Tarn

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.


Worth popping down to Grisedale Tarn after Seat Sandal, it is a fine spot.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL7 Lake District South East Buy Map
Start Point: NY 337085. Near the north junction in to Grasmere on the A591 there is an extended lay by providing a fair amount of parking and usually ok except on a summer Saturday. If not park in Grasmere with an extra 3/4 mile walking each way.
Height to Climb: 655 metres (2,150 feet)
Terrain: Seat Sandal is steep sided! The climb is unrelenting and it is steeper still on the descent towards Grisedale Tarn. Keep to the high point on the wide ridge on the climb.
Eating & Drinking: A short walk in to Grasmere brings a choice of pubs and cafes.
Similar Walks Nearby: Fairfield Horseshoe
Silver How over Grasmere
The Lion & the Lamb
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