Seat Robert from west

Seat Robert, seen from the west.

Summits: Five separate summits are listed in the book, this being the order I bagged them on the first round: Langhowe Pike (1313‘), Great Ladstones (1439‘), Seat Robert (1688‘), Fewling Stones (1667‘) and High Wether Howe (1742’).

Volume: Book 8 (The Outlying Fells).

Date baggedFirst visit: 13th October 2015 (walk 102).

High Wether Howe

High Wether Howe, early morning — walk 117

Second visit: 20th September 2019 (walk 170).

Bagged as numbers: First round: 321-325 of the 330, in the order given above. [ << The Knott (Stainton Pike) (320) (326-8) Crookdale Horseshoe >> ]

Second round: 223-227 of 330. This time, the order was SR – HWH – FS – GL – LP. [ << Sleddale Pike (Wet Sleddale Horseshoe) (222)  (228) High Crag >> ]

Route of ascent and descent: First visit: Started in Wet Sleddale and came round via the Haweswater access road, but once in the vicinity of the old corpse road, I then followed the route as described in Wainwright. However, after Fewling Stones I then backtracked and dropped down to the Wet Sleddale bridleway, then went up Ulthwaite Rigg and on to the Crookdale Horseshoe.

Fewling Stones summit

Fewling Stones summit. Don’t forget to look for the comfy chair.

Second visit: Started in Shap, and used the access road to come at Seat Robert directly, from the east. After Langhowe Pike, descended to Tailbeart and then back to Shap.

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 237 of volume 8): “Seat Robert is one of those out-of-the-way summits that all addicted fell walkers notice from time to time in their study of the maps of Lakeland and vow to visit some day. But few do. It is too remote from the attractive interior of the district, and obviously nothing exciting is likely to be found in the grassy upland wilderness of Ralfland Forest out of which it rises to form the culminating point….

High Wether Howe

High Wether Howe, from Fewling Stones.

“The round of the summits described in this chapter is, however, a worthwhile expedition on a clear day, not so much for the views, which are extensive but dreary and unexciting, but for the exhilaration of new territory, solace of solitude, and beneficial exercise.”

What I say: The fells described in the Seat Robert chapter were a lot more accessible prior to autumn 2014, when the area could be easily explored from Shap. But now, without using a car, one must visit on quite specific days and even then the timing of the walk is a problem. However, if you are a masochist like me, you can always grossly extend your hike and finish way to the south.

Wild red deer

Wild red deer on Seat Robert. There were at least a couple of dozen in this herd all told.

Are the fells worth the bother? There was certainly nothing to dislike about them, with some good views of Swindale and Mosedale and, as AW notes, the pleasures of being somewhere quite remote. And they delivered the most substantial herd of wild deer to ever cross my path — itself an indicator of their isolation. But don’t go in mist or rain.

One final little bonus is that the summit of Fewling Stones has — for certain — the most comfortable natural ‘chair’ of any felltop I have visited. It even has a cushion (of moss), as well as a backrest. Honestly — try to find it.

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