Seathwaite Fell is an area of the Lake District and stands above the
hamlet of the same name at the head of Borrowdale.
Fell is a northern ridge of Great End in the Scafells. It projects out
from beneath the great northern cliff of its parent, occupying a tongue
of land between two tributaries of the River Derwent.
Styhead Gill to the west and Grains Gill to the east, the streams
meeting at Stockley Bridge below the nose of the fell.
Gill falls from the walkers' pass at Sty Head, the main pedestrian route
from Borrowdale to Wasdale. Near the head of the pass is Styhead Tarn.
This in turn is fed by the outflow of Sprinkling Tarn, a beautiful
indented pool lying between Seathwaite Fell and Great End. Sprinkling
Tarn lies very close to the course of Grains Gill, ensuring that
Seathwaite Fell is almost surrounded by water.
The prow of the fell above Stockley Bridge has
two tiers of crag with Aaron Crags standing above Black Waugh.
long line of crags also stands above Grains Gill on the eastern side
looming above the popular path from Seathwaite to Esk Hause.
western face, although rough, drops more gently down to Styhead Gill. In
addition to a number of rocky knolls, the summit ridge also carries
numerous small tarns. None are named on Ordnance Survey maps, although,
the one below the south top is of a reasonable size.
The 'traditional' northern top and Pt 632 have small cairns. The
view northward is good from both, but only the traditional top shows the
foreground of upper Borrowdale. To the south is an intimate view of the
cliffs of Great End.
Seathwaite is listed as having 3552mm of
rainfall annually and this figure makes it the wettest place with
rainfall statistics in England. The rain gauge used for this measurement
is on the slope of Seathwaite Fell above the hamlet.
Provisionally, the 24-hour total rainfall at Seathwaite (ending 0045 on
Friday 20 November 2009) of 314.4 mm is a UK record for a single
location in any given 24-hour period using records going back to 1914.
The fell is invariably climbed from Seathwaite, taking the bridleway
from Stockley Bridge which goes to Styhead Tarn for a kilometre, passing
the waterfall of Taylorgill Force, before striking south westerly over
rocky terrain to reach the cairned northern summit.
A ridge path
works its way south from here although it bypasses both Great Slack and
the south top and a short detour is needed to reach them.
alternative is to make for Sprinkling Tarn from either Esk Hause or Sty
Head and then work back along the ridge.
routes near Seathwaite Fell