Seatallan is a mountain in the western part of the
English Lake District. It is rounded, grassy and fairly unassuming,
occupying a large amount of land. However, it is classed as a Marilyn
because of the low elevation of the col connecting it to Haycock its
nearest higher neighbour to the north. The name Seatallan is believed to
have a Cumbric origin meaning "Aleyn's high pasture".
Fells occupy a triangular sector of the Lake District bordered by the
River Cocker to the north east and Wasdale to the south east. Westwards
the hills diminish toward the coastal plain of Cumberland.
central hub of the high country are Great Gable and its satellites while
two principal ridges fan out on either flank of Ennerdale, the western
fells in effect being a great horseshoe around this long wild valley.
Seatallan is an outlier of the southern arm.
The main watershed
runs broadly westwards from Great Gable, dividing the headwaters of
Ennerdale and Wasdale. Travelling in this direction the principal hills
are Kirk Fell, Pillar, Scoat Fell, Haycock and Caw Fell. Haycock sends
out a long southern ridge terminating in Seatallan.
begins at the Pots of Ashness, a broad grassy depression to the south of
Haycock. From here a stiff ascent up what may have been a landslip leads
directly to the summit.
The top of the fell resembles a truncated
cone, cut off at an angle and sloping away to the south. This cone in
turn stands upon a much broader upland plateau which stretches away five
miles to the south west.
The River Bleng forms the entire western
boundary, beginning on the slopes of Haycock and then flowing out in a
huge loop to the south west. It finally joins the Irt and continues on
to the sea at Ravenglass. The extremity of the Bleng's circuit, near to
Gosforth, is given over to lowland cultivation and although belonging
topographically to Seatallan could hardly be termed fellside.
Higher up the south western shoulder are conifer plantations both along
the Bleng and above the Irt. Open fellside begins two miles south west
of the summit.
To the east of Pots of Ashness is the valley of
Nether Beck flowing to Wastwater, with Red Pike beyond. Nether Beck
swings away from Seatallan on its southward journey diverted by the
rocky height of Middle Fell. This is Seatallan's principal satellite, a
broad ridge falling from the east of the summit cone.
curves around to run parallel to Seatallan with the valley of Greendale
Gill dividing the two. The stream begins at Greendale Tarn nestled into
the steep face of Middle Fell. The tarn, around 30 ft deep, sits in a
long narrow bowl, looked down on by a collection of huge boulders.
Seatallan's most prominent feature is Buckbarrow, the 400 ft rampart
of crags on the southern edge overlooking lower Greendale and Wast
A large hillock marks the summit alongside an Ordnance
Survey triangulation column. The top is grassed and it is assumed that
the hillock was built from stones on the north slope.
The view is
heavily obstructed by the main range of the western fells, the
highpoints being the Scafells and Coniston Fells. Wastwater can be
brought into view by walking north east.
Indirect ascents via
Buckbarrow begin from Harrow Head but an alternative bypasses the
subsidiary summit to gain Cat Bields from the south west.
Greendale the gill can be followed almost to the tarn, before branching
off up the grassy slopes of Seatallan.
If preferred Middle Fell
can be used as a stepping stone onto Seatallan from the same point.
Finally from Nether Beck Bridge the route to Haycock can be used,
turning west via Lad Crag Beck to the summit.
routes near Seatallan