Glaramara and Allen Crags from Seatoller.

Start. Seatoller.

Route. Seatoller - Strands Bridge - Thornythwaite Fell - Combe Head - Glaramara - Looking Steads - Lincomb Tarns - High House Tarn - Allen Crags - Ruddy Gill - Grains Gill - Stockley Bridge - Seathwaite - Allerdale Ramble - Strands Bridge - Seatoller.

Notes. This is a superb walk over what is most certainly one of the lesser walked ridges in Lakeland. From Seatoller in Borrowdale a two mile climb terminating in a hands on scramble to access the 2,568ft high summit of Glaramara. Rising from the southern end of the ridge Allen Crags just a mere six feet higher, separating the two, a mile and a half of splendid walking through a mountain landscape rivalled by no other.

From the National Trust car park at Seatoller it's a short walk back along the valley road to Strands Bridge, here a finger-post points the way to Seathwaite. I followed this track a few yards to a stile, after crossing said stile my ascent begun in earnest. Through bracken, birch and ancient oaks I made my way upwards, above the tumbling waters of Combe Gill then over Thornythwaite Fell above The Combe itself. My route skirted the edge of Combe Head before crossing boggy ground to access the summit crags of Glaramara, an easy scramble followed allowing me to stand proud on the summit just drinking in wonderful views. Don't underestimate this ascent, although straight forward, in the heat of the morning it took me a leg burning two hours.

After a well earned brew I headed south, over and around rocky outcrops, through boulder fields, passed sparkling tarns with names like Lincomb and High House. I'd conceded some height since leaving Glaramara, so had 360ft to claw back before conquering the summit of Allen Crags. From Allen Crags I made the short loose descent to the shelter below Esk Hause before turning right to start the spectacular descent above Ruddy Gill. Sandwiched between the rock and cliff of Seathwaite Fell and the Glaramara ridge this is a superb descent route, look back to the frightening northern facade of Great End then north to the beauty of Borrowdale growing larger with every step. Unfortunately Stockley Bridge marked the end of the descent and the start of a short walk to Seathwaite. The Allerdale Ramble passes to the right behind the farm buildings, this I followed along the edge of sheep pastures joining the track I'd graced earlier, all that remained a short walk back along the valley road.

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Seen from the car park at Seatoller, Thornythwaite Fell backed by Rosthwaite Fell.

From the start of my ascent, the steep flanks of Thornythwaite Fell.

The cottages at Strands Bridge backed by High Doat.

Gain a little height and Seatoller Fell appears over the tree tops.

Rising above The Combe, Dovenest Crags.

Wonderful views down Combe Gill to the sheep pastures of Borrowdale.

The Jaws of Borrowdale seen from the ascent of Thornythwaite Fell.

Rosthwaite Cam seen across The Combe.

A hazy view down into Borrowdale, on the left Maiden Moor with King's How to the right.

Still climbing looking to Glaramaras rocky crown.

The summit of Thornythwaite Fell with views to Dale Head, sneaking into the shot from the left Fleetwith Pike.

Great Gable as seen from the summit of Glaramara.

Great End viewed from an unnamed tarn on the Glaramara Ridge.

Bow Fell over High House Tarn.

Lincomb Tarns looking to a Langdale skyline, this is a lovely spot on the ridge.

Esk Hause as seen from Allen Crags.

Guarding the pass between Langdale and Wasdale, the ever popular Bow Fell with the lesser visited Esk Pike to the right.

A spectacular ravine, the head of Ruddy Gill, walkers on the path above giving the scene a little perspective.

View taken down my descent route, let the valley cut by Ruddy Gill and Grains Gill carry the eye to the lowlands of Seathwaite and Borrowdale.

Stockley Bridge, a classic Lakeland packhorse bridge.

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