From April to October, the Borrowdale Rambler bus runs between Keswick and Seatoller, opening up a whole host of walks in the towering western fells. This route, over Rosthwaite Fell to Glaramara, ranks as one of the finest. From the village, it’s a sharp climb up via Combe Gill, before a couple of wonderful hours up high and a simple descent to Seathwaite and back out. There’s so much to do around Seatoller that you should really make at least a weekend of it.
Loop or linear? Loop
Maps: OL4 - The English Lakes
Total distance: 7.6 km (4.7 miles)
Total height gain: 640m (2,100ft)
Tim: Approx 4 hours
Start & Finish: Seatoller
Unsuitable for: young children, prams and
Public Transport Borrowdale Rambler bus
1. Seatoller, OS Grid NY245137
From the village, head along the road towards the river. About 200m beyond the bridge, a footpath heads southeast towards High Buck How.
2. Tarn at Leaves, OS Grid NY258121
About 2.08 km (1.3 miles) from 1
The path heads up to Tarn at Leaves, a marvellous little spot with great views north down the valley.
3. Rosthwaite Fell, OS Grid NY255112
About 0.9 km (0.57 miles) from 2
Head over the high ground of Rosthwaite Fell, aiming for the narrow, tarn-dotted gap between Woof Gill and Combe Gill.
4. Glaramara summit, OS Grid NY246104
About 1.20 km (0.75 miles) from 3
The high point of the day is Glaramara, 783m and a popular peak. The best view is looking west over Seathwaite Fell to Great Gable.
5. Thornythwaite Fell, OS Grid NY245119
About 1.50 km (0.93 miles) from 4
Take the obvious path heading almost north. There is a steep path down Hind Gill if the weather’s bad; if the views are good, follow the brow of Thornythwaite Fell.
6. Strands Bridge, OS Grid NY250136
About 1.74 km (1.08 miles) from 5
The path drops out at the bridge just outside Seatoller. There is a pub and cafe in the village, or there’s Rosthwaite just down the road, for post-walk treats.