Rogan’s Seat from Keld

  • Airy Moorland walk
  • Based from pretty Keld
  • Pass through Lead Industry

I first came across Rogan’s Seat whilst Marilyn bagging. I extended the excellent walk up Gunnerside Gill with 20 minutes of purgatory through rough wet peat bogs reaching the insignificant cairn on the summit through perseverance and route finding rather than any pleasure. It was cloudy and with the car back at Gunnerside I repeated the trip back to the gill rather than take the easy, sensible land rover track. My feelings for Rogan’s Seat were somewhat tainted.

However I returned in 2016 from Keld and enjoyed an altogether more pleasant experience.  The lower grounds and climb up Swinner Beack was excellent; the landrover track to the summit a little tedious but at least very straightforward. The moors hereabouts are fun for a while but tend to pall quite quickly. I was determined not to descend the same way to Keld so carried on the landrover track (soon becoming more off road!) in to East Gill. I stayed high here and it was not too long before I was able to drop back in to the pleasant surroundings of the Upper Swale.

Rogan’s Seat is one of the Dales 30 Mountains

Recommend: Keep high on the east banks of East Gill, there is an intermittent path which helps and it is reasonably flat.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL 30 Yorkshire Dales North and Central Buy Map
Start Point: NY 892011. From the car park in Keld join the bridleway heading south west past the church. Cross the river and follow the bridleway past Kisdon Force
Height to Climb: 430ms (1,410 feet)
Terrain: Good bridleways, paths and landrover track all the way to East Gill. The return from here is rough, the path is intermittent.
Eating & Drinking: Keld Lodge is a pleasant spot for a pint and a meal and there is a small cafe in the centre of Keld which is nice in good weather.
Similar Walks Nearby: Kisdon Fell & Upper Swaledale
Arkengarthdale & Low Reeth Moor
Nine Standard Rigg, Kirkby Stephen
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