Great Shunner Fell & Lovely Seat

  • Two remote moorland peaks
  • Fantastic views across the Dales
  • Grand Depart route at Buttertubs

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) but I cannot believe many but the most intrepid have been up its neighbour Lovely Seat.

Marilyns are classified UK fells with a 500 foot drop on all side (click for full details)

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 Fell and Lovely Seat are 2 of the Dales 30 Mountains

Recommend: Stick close to the fence up Lovely Seat and the higher ground after visiting the summit.

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Great Shunner Fell

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL30 Yorkshire Dales North Buy Map
Start Point: SD 866912. There is some parking to the west of the bridge at Hardraw and some 'voluntary payment' at the farm and pub.
Height to Climb: 680 ms (2230 feet)
Terrain: Away from the Pennine Way which is direct and clear to the summit of Great Shunner the route is largely trackless and can be rough and peaty (particularly the crossing to Buttertubs).
Eating & Drinking: The Green Dragon is a popular pub at the start in Hawes and there is now a cafe as well. Hardraw Force waterfall is a few hundred yards up hill if you pass through the pub first.
Similar Walks Nearby: Fells over Hawes
Kisdon Fell Circular
Climbing Addleborough
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