Lake District Walks
Seat Robert & High Wether Howe
Date: 25th November 2007
Distance: 6.7 miles
Ascent: 1208 feet
Time: 3 hours 20 minutes
With: On my own
Start Grid Ref: NY554114
An expedition into to Seat Robert and High Wether Howe, two of the unfrequented Shap Fells.
Route Summary: Wet Sleddale Reservoir - Sleddale Hall - Gambling Moss - Seat Robert - Haskew Tarn - High Wether Howe - Scam Matthew - Sleddale Hall - Wet Sleddale Reservoir
1. Wet Sleddale Reservoir
2. Sleddale Beck
3. Looking across Wet Sleddale Reservoir to Crosby Ravensworth Fell
4. Wet Sleddale
5. Approaching Seat Robert
6. The trig station on Seat Robert
7. The top of Seat Robert
8. High Wether Howe from the reedy Haskew Tarn
9. The top of High Wether Howe looking to Seat Robert
10. Upper Mosedale
11. Seat Robert from the bridleway near Scam Matthew
12. I was very brave to walk past these cows!
Walk Detail: This was the first route I'd put together using my new Lake District Memory Map software as well as one of my first forays into the Shap Fells. It proved to be a cloudy day in general with the only real sunshine while I was climbing up from Sleddale Hall so I did not feel like I got any decent pictures of my main destination.
Once out of the valley though there was a good sense of solitude and wilderness. Seat Robert was definitely the finer summit of the two though the view from High Wether Howe would have had the edge, especially had the sun come out. The Mosedale scene was most impressive if rather grey and dreary.
My mood was not lightened by the first twinge in my knee for a while. This was the first time since injuring my knee that I had gone out without my knee support on so clearly things were not as improved as I had thought they were.
There was nothing wrong with the walk but I just couldn’t shake a feeling of being a bit down. I think it was a mixture of disappointment with the lack of good photo weather, my knee twinge and not forgetting the herd of cows that I had to bypass in the first and last field of the walk!!