Seathwaite Fell – (130) Southern Fells

Wainwright 130 – Book 4 ‘The Southern Fells’

Height: 1,970ft – 600m

Grid reference: NY 227 097




Walks including Seathwaite Fell:


Mila and Pal with Seathwaite Fell in the distance and the slopes of Base Brown on the right of the photograph.  The photograph is taken from the path near Seathwaite Farm, Borrowdale at the start of our walk heading for Scafell Pike (near Grains Gill).  Wainwright says the fell itself has few attractions and is rarely visited except by the custodian of the infamous rain gauges.  The rain gauges record that the fell and vicinity has by far the heaviest rainfall in the country.  Seathwaite Fell is completely surrounded by much used pedestrian highways.  It causes the branching of two well known mountain paths: 1. Grains Gill and 2. Sty Head.  It is also crossed at the neck joining it to the parent fell of Great End by the third path – the Esk Hause track.

Another photograph of  Seathwaite Fell (taken from Grains Gill) in the sunshine ahead and the slopes of Base Brown on the right.  The top of Seathwaite Fell is easily reached from Sprinkling Tarn (which is the source of the River Derwent).   


A panoramic view also taken from the path from Seathwaite Farm along Grains Gill.  There’s Glaramara on the left round to Allen Crags then the prominent fell right of centre os Seathwaite Fell and the slopes of Base Brown on the right of the photograph.