High Seat summit

High Seat summit. Helvellyn behind.

Height: 1995 feet above sea level.

Volume: Book 3 (The Central Fells).

Date climbed: 24th November 2012 (walk 69)

Bagged as number:  212 of 214. The last fell climbed in Wainwright’s volume 3. Two to go! [ << Raven Crag (211)  (213) Lonscale Fell >> ]

Route of ascent and descent:  Approached up from Shoulthwaite Gill. Descended to Ashness Bridge.

High Seat from High Tove

High Seat viewed on the ascent of High Tove, back in March 2010 (walk 11). Blencathra peeking over the moor behind.

What Mr Wainwright says(from page 2 of his chapter): “High Seat is the principal fell on the north section of the central ridge, overtopping all others within a radius of some miles, and is, therefore, an excellent viewpoint…. As with all the fells on the Thirlmere and Borrowdale watershed the top is uninteresting, and all the charm and excitement concentrates in the steep and craggy lower slopes, especially on those to the west above Derwent Water…. As a climb, High Seat is less meritorious than its initial approaches and fine situation suggest, due partly to the extreme dreariness of the upper plateau, that not even a rich carpet of heather can dispel, but more particularly due to the universal swampiness of the ultimate slopes.”

High Seat above Thirlmere

High Seat above Thirlmere. Picture taken on walk 47.

What I say: Well, it wasn’t that bad. Yes, there were points on the approach where it did seem a bit of a trudge but the approach over Raven Crag had enough interest earlier on to sustain the effort, and there is a very good view from the summit – which is also a place of some character in its own right, consisting of three rocky platforms rising above the ridge. Probably a better climb than I was expecting, I admit.

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