Seat Sandal

Seat Sandal is the fell on the right as you climb out of Grasmere travelling north to the promised land (Keswick).  I have had a soft spot for it ever since, when trying to find a house in the Lake District, one evening I came across from Elterwater over the top down into Grasmere; it was sunset, and the whole of Seat Sandal glowed pink.  So did the other fells, but the massive shoulder of Seat Sandal was what struck you.  And I didn't have a camera!

However, today there was no glowing pink, or any other colour!  I had started off early from Keswick because it was sunny and I wasn't convinced it would last.  On reaching Westmorland, i.e., Dunmail Raise, the weather changed - as it notoriously does, and the cloud base dropped to about 1500 ft.  The colours were distinctly grey all day.

Here are some pictures
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That's Seat Sandal straight ahead!

And that's Grasmere down there somewhere...
Another sheep not acting like sheep should...

On the left you can see the flank of Nab Scar, the start/finish of the Fairfield Horseshoe (our target for tomorrow, if the weather improves).
This is Fairfield from Grisedale Hause.  We have just started the serious climb up Seat Sandal; there's about 300 ft of steep scree right by the Hause., and we were just about to enter the clouds.

You'll  have to take  my word for it, but I thnk this is the summit cairn...
Grisedale Tarn from Seat Sandal.  St Sunday Crag partly visible on the right.

Looking back down from the Hause...
The Hause, with some blue sky above!

The path down formed part of the 4th day of AW's Coast-to-Coast walk, and these two were doing the CtC (so were at least four others we met in the next 800 yards).  They told stories of rain for the last 24 hours in  Borrowdale and Easedale - we in Keswick, about  10 miles away, had had virtually none.

By 11.30 am we could actually see the top of Seat Sandal from the valley!

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