Base Brown, Green Gable, Great Gable and Seathwaite Fell

The "direct route" to Base Brown looks fearsome, and plain nasty. Shattered rocks, one the size of a country cottage, lies menacingly around the base of a cliff. No obvious way through the crags. Yet up close a clear enough path without any difficulties traverses below the cliff and sweeps up the back to climb the ridge behind to the summit. The view of the rock is awesome. The views down to Seathwaite are tremendous. If you, a walker, can clamber up the path next to Sour Milk Gill then you can climb Base Brown directly as we describe here in this circular walk.

From Base Brown the walk joins the caravan of trekkers climbing out of the hanging valley of Gillercombe, to climb firstly over Green Gable, and across Windy Gap to Great Gable. The way up Great Gable requires a little scrambling, and here there are plenty of hand and footholds with lots of route choices. The views from Great Gable are legendary. The route then heads down to Sty Head, across, and up to Sprinkling Tarn. Turning left here just before the tarn to find a faint and meandering path across the moist undulating top of Seathwaite Fell. The Wainwright top is at the far end and is not the highest point but is the rocky outcrop most appropriately described as the spiritual summit as it overlooks Seathwaite.

Arguably the most difficult section of this walk is to get down off Seathwaite Fell safely if a return to Sprinkling Tarn and Sty Head is to be avoided - which in poor weather is the most sensible thing to do. To the north and north east lies Aaron Crags which are not for us. Steep grass slopes on the north west side is the only practical way. There are only rare glimpses of path however two shallow gullies drop down between rocky outcrops and grassy knolls, and with care provide a straightforward descent.

Seathwaite's major claim to fame is that it has the most rainfall of anywhere in England.

There is some parking along the Seathwaite roadside, however, it does get very busy at holiday times, and weekends especially in the summer. Please park considerately and not obstruct access for tractors, fire engines, or field entrances.

There are also two bus services which run from Keswick past the end of the road down to Seathwaite: