A Glaramara round
FOUR Wainwright circular walk: Seathwaite Fell, Allen Crags, Glaramara, Rosthwaite Fell
Time: 6 - 7 hours
Parking: At the roadside on the minor road from Seatoller to Seathwaite, making sure to leave room for emergency vehicles. In high season, paid parking can also be found at the end of this road, at Seathwaite Farm. Alternatively, take a bus to Seatoller from Keswick and start the walk from there.
|Glaramara from Brown Crag on the other side of Langstrath|
The ridge running north from Esk Hause to Borrowdale offers walkers a beautiful hike across the summits of Allen Crags, Glaramara and Rosthwaite Fell. In fact, the last two fells consist of many more than one peak because the ridge consists of a series of crags and tarn-filled depressions. When you add in the scenery created by the deep valley of Combe Gill that cuts into the ridge to the north of Glaramara, the walk offers some fine and varied views.
|Glaramara and Allen Crags from (the 'higher') Esk Hause|
|Strava estimates a walking distance of 18km|
|Glaramara and Allen Crags to the east|
|Sprinkling Tarn, underneath Great End|
|View from Windy Gap between Great and Green Gables|
|On the southern shore of Sprinkling Tarn|
|The path largely runs to the west side of the ridge|
|Great Gable over Seathwaite Fell as you descend Allen Crags|
|Walk eastwards along this grassy dip|
|The view towards 'Combe Door' as you walk down the slope|
|Looking back at the descent from the depression below|
32) My preferred onward route continues eastwards, above the tarns, still heading towards Langstrath. However, an alternative route heads through the opening of 'Combe Door' to your left instead. So as to not completely miss out on this excellent viewpoint, it's definitely worth taking a slight detour below the tarns to at least look 'through the door' before returning to my preferred route above the tarns again.
|Borrowdale through 'Combe Door'|
|The onward route above the tarns towards Langstrath|
|Traces of the old path heading north towards Rosthwaite Cam|
35) Behind you, to your left, you will see Combe Head rising at the head of the valley of the Combe Gill. To your right, beyond the higher ground of the ridge, the fell falls away into Langstrath.
|.. then descend to the next depression through a gully|
37) Looking left from the path as it crosses the lower ground below, you may be able to work out the roads leading to the Honister Mine on the side of Fleetwith Pike.
|Fleetwith Pike and the Honister Pass to your left|
38) The next higher ground to be crossed is the ridge of Rosthwaite Cam. You can either take a path across the centre of the ridge or walk up the grassy gully on the left to visit the viewpoint on its west. From there you can look down over Combe Gill.
|A rainy sky over Seathwaite Fell|