Ashness Bridge | High Seat
Date: 1st February 2018 Distance: 6.26km (3.89 Miles) Parking: Ashness Bridge Car Park
Start Location: Ashness Bridge Ascent (m/ft): 513m (1683ft) Weather:


Time Started: 10:20 Highest Point: High Seat (608m/1995ft) Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 2 Hours 5 Minutes        
Route: Ashness Bridge - High Strutta - Ashness Gill - Dodd - Ashness Fell - High Seat (608m/1995ft) - Ashness Fell - Dodd - Ashness Gill - High Strutta - Ashness Bridge

High Seat is the last fell I need to do on the northern side of the Central Fells and a simple route up and down was on the cards today. It was 2011 last time I was up there and about time I get round to finishing off my second round of the Wainwrights. Not many left now! We also went over to Surprise View after the walk to record a timelapse which can be seen in the video.

The route up to High Seat from Ashness Bridge has changed greatly over the years. Previously there was just a short pitched section about half way up but now when you reach the top of Dodd there is a beautiful trail almost the whole way to High Seat which has been completed by the national trust to reduce errosion.

The path starts down at Ashness Bridge and follows the wall up steeply with opening views behind.

A close up of Catbells and Causey Pike.

Derwent Water.

Over the wall to High Spy and Maiden Moor.

The valley the path follows to make the way a little easier.

The views of Derwent Water really open up as you gain height.

A profile of Catbells. The north western fells peaking over the top.

Sunshine on Maiden Moor.

A slight glimpse of Bassenthwaite Lake and the windfarm beyond.

Nearing the snowline.

A small waterfall along Ashness Beck.

The path follows a steep route to this cairn which marks the summit of Dodd and for an unclassified peak its got a stunning view.

Blencathra remains in the cloud.

The view west to Maiden Moor.

Parts of the walk are normally very, very boggy... but today the cold weather has frozen it all makign the crossing of Dodd much nicer under foot.

Bleaberry Fell.

Views to the higher peaks around Wasdale.

The summit of High Seat comes into view.

Interesting ice formations.

The National Trust have been improving the path since I was last up here. The way was far better than before.

The view along the new path to Skiddaw.

Getting closer...

Zooming in on the summit.

A lovely view over to Great Gable.

The summit of High Seat.

The sun shining on the summit Trig.

The view to Bassenthwaite Lake.

The cairn on the other peak to the east. The one with the Trig is the highest.

Central Lakeland.

Looking up to Ullscarf.

High Spy and Dale Head.


Frozen Trig Point.

A glossy look to the stone.

Time to start heading down and to take a look at Surprise View.

Bassenthwaite Lake and Criffel in Scotland.

Lingmell and Great Gable.

A cracking view from the way back.

The weather improving the view.

Almost down now...

Back at the fence. A simple path along the fence down to Ashness Bridge is all that remains.

Ashness Bridge.

Now over at Surprise View and this photo shows the southern end of Derwent Water and Maiden Moor behind.

The breathtaking view from Surprise View.