High Seat summit

High Seat summit. Helvellyn behind.

Height: 1995 feet above sea level.

Volume: Book 3 (The Central Fells).

Date climbed: First visit: 24th November 2012 (walk 69).

High Seat from Bleaberry Fell

Walkers on High Seat, seen from Bleaberry Fell.

Second visit: 13th June 2018 (walk 147).

Bagged as numberFirst round; 212 of 330. The last fell climbed in my first attempt at Wainwright’s volume 3. [ << Raven Crag (211)  (213) Lonscale Fell >> ]

Second round: 149 of 330. [ << Bleaberry Fell (148)  (150) High Tove >> ]

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

Second visit: Came along the ridge from Bleaberry Fell and carried on along it to High Tove. Both will be boggy walks in normal conditions.

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.

On my second visit I experienced the ridges, both of which, from my experience on the ground and from the pages of Wainwright, are obviously going to be boggy in normal weather. I did the walk after a long dry period, and they were tolerable, but usually, expect wet feet.

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One Response to “High Seat”

  1. […] Fell in the north, and the pass of Greenup — a ridge which also takes in the summits of High Seat, High Tove and Ullscarf along the […]

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