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Seat Sandal

Seat Sandal

Postby MiniRambo » Sat Aug 20, 2016 9:10 pm

Wainwrights included on this walk: Seat Sandal

Hewitts included on this walk: Seat Sandal

Date walked: 18/08/2016

Time taken: 2.2

Distance: 5.1 km

Ascent: 525m

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I had arranged to do a walk on Saturday, however the weather forecast wasn't good so decided at short notice to get a hill in after work. I was really pleased that Amy could join me!

It was a lovely evening, hazy with a light breeze.

We parked at the large lay-by on Dunmail Raise, over the stile and then walked north for half a mile or so before entering a large patch of bracken. My intention was to follow the Raise Beck gully up and down, however the path we were on took us up the east side of the hill. It was the type of path that gave you false hope that the summit was in sight, only to find out you had to climb a bit further, and a bit further, and a bit...... :lol: :lol:

Amy near the start at Dunmail Raise

...and looking back to the lay by with Helm Crag beyond

Making our way through the bracken

The steepness meant we had to stop for numerous photo opportunities!! :D :D and a light breeze was welcome. Climbing higher, the views of the surrounding hills were good and as we neared the top, the late evening sunlight was terrific.

Time for a quick selfie before Amy arrives!

Time for another breather!

I appreciate that we set off late, nevertheless, it was the middle of August on a sunny day, but we didn't see another person on the hills, either close up or far away. Quite amazing.

Thirlmere coming into view

Helvellyn, Nethermost Pike and Dollywagon Pike

Nearing the top, first view south to Grasmere

...and first view of Fairfield

...and looking north again

After a short stop at the top to take in the views, have a drink and some chocolate, we headed down the path in the northerly direction which follows a derelict stone wall. Grisedale Tarn soon came into view and with the backdrop of St Sunday Crag it made a real picture! :clap: :clap:

almost there..

time for another selfie

That's the way down dad...

Happy days...

...feeling pleased with our efforts in the sunshine

St Sunday Crag and Fairfield looking great

...and with the addition of Grisedale Tarn

To the west, the sun was setting so we didn't linger. We reached the low point at the head of Raise beck and the followed the path down the gully eventually reaching the junction with are outward route and we were soon back at the car.

The sun was getting lower

Homeward bound

Its all downhill from here

Raise Beck

A nice little jaunt and enjoyed the crack with the daughter on the way around. 8) 8)
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Re: Seat Sandal

Postby simon-b » Sun Aug 21, 2016 10:53 am

A good short walk for late in the day. Yes, you can find a quiet route in the Lake District during nice weather, even in a popular area like around Grasmere.
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Re: Seat Sandal

Postby ChrisW » Mon Aug 22, 2016 5:09 am

That must have been really enjoyable MR, and to have the place to yourselves in such fantastic conditions even more so. Lovely shots of a hike well worth sneaking in late on :clap: :clap:
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