Crags and Glaramara
Starting point and OS Grid reference:
parking at Seathwaite (NY 235123)
Ordnance Survey Map
Lakes - North-western area and
OL6 English Lakes –
Date of Walk:
13 September 2009
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This is a
superb if quite tiring walk which takes in views of Scafell Pike, Great End
and the Langdale Pikes as well as providing some very pretty spots at
Stockley Brodge and Sprinkling and Styhead Tarns.
starts at Seathwaite (NY
235123), the end of a cul de sac road from Seatoller on the B5289
from Keswick to Buttermere and eventually Cockermouth. There is verge
parking but it gets very busy at peak times not least because this is also a
popular route to Scafell.
Walk to the
end of the road and through the farmyard. Just beyond the farm, ignore the
left turn to High House and continue to follow the main track. Ignore a path
to the left which follows Hind Gill. This path is one of the
alternative routes down from Glaramara should you need it (shown as
a green dotted line on the sketch map).
Bridge (NY 235109), a pretty stone arched bridge designated as a grade one
listed ‘building’, cross the bridge, ignoring the track to the left
immediately after it which follows Grains Gill.
This is the other alternative descent from just after Sprinkling
The track now
climbs steadily following Styhead Gill. Cross by the footbridge (NY223102)
the path until it reaches Styhead Tarn (NY 221100) a lovely spot. To the
north west, the bulk of Great Gable dominates. Scafell Pike is to the south.
A quarter of
a mile beyond the end of Styhead Tarn, turn left by the stretcher box (NY
218095) and follow the footpath to Sprinkling Tarn, ignoring a path to the
right. Just beyond Sprinkling Tarn, a left path (NY 229087) is the other
alternative path following Ruddy Gill then Grains
Gill back to Stockley Bridge.
Sprinkling Tarn, the main path leads to Esk Hause (NY 235083) where there is
a crossroads of paths and you get views easterly to the Langdale Pikes.
route turns left here and climbs steeply to Allen Crags.
summit of Allen Crags (NY 237085), the route heads north easterly, passing
some small tarns until after one or two frustrating false summits you arrive
at Glaramara (NY 247106).
From here are superb views across to Derwentwater
and Skiddaw. The path now steeply descends slightly west of north before
curving right round
Raven Crag and follows Comb Gill to a copse of trees before arriving at
Strands Bridge (NY 250135).Turn left here to follow the Allerdale Ramble
path back to Seathwaite.
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equipment/clothing before your trip see the Hiking
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