If you would like superb views from lonely fells then look no further than Seatallan. Seat Allan or more romantically, Alein's mountain shieling has more than its fair share of features to give it status far higher than its modest 692 metres might otherwise suggest. Apart from the etymology of the mountain name, taking its human origins way back before the time of Christ, the obvious importance of the peak is increased by the presence of a bronze age tumulus or burial mound and of course, its merit is even greater as it is home territory to that King of the fells, Jos Naylor.
Parking at Greendale presents few problems, as most people are blazing a trail for the carparks of Wasdale Head and their heady trails up Scafell Pike or Great Gable. Middle Fell and Seatallan would probably not warrant a second glance from many as they speed past. From the car, the route sets off quite steeply from the start, ascending the south-west spur of Middle Fell. At an altitude of about 210 metres and 600 metres from the start, turn right up Middle Fell or if you felt a visit to Greendale Tarn was appropriate carry on straight on from here. You can cut out Middle Fell altogether and surmount Seatallan from the col at 465m. However, the ascent of Middle Fell in this way is a purest's route but certainly not as steep as the Bell Rib edge of Yewbarrow.
At the summit of Middle Fell the view up into Hollow Stones to the east is like looking into some great geological mouth of the Scafells. There is no doubt that Brown tongue is an appropriate name for the landscape feature, with the ring of Scafell Crag and Pikes Crag forming an inpenetrable ring like teeth, the mighty summits of Scafell and Scafell Pike rising higher like canine fangs.
Walking off north from the summit, the path gradually descends. Did you know?Buckbarrow derives from Old Norse for the hill of the buck or goat. In about 1400 the fell was known as Bokkeberge.There are views of Haycock and as you reach the hause, the rather imposing east flank of Seatallan ahead. Although the ascent is quite steep there are many excuses to stop for a breather with the most fantastic views of the Scafell massif. What's even more surprising is that just like in AW's day, eroded paths have yet to materialise and the walker can blaze their own route to the summit - the choice is yours.
The high point of the day is soon reached and shelter can be sought in the huge summit cairn, apparently fashioned from a bronze age tumulus that adorns the summit. Don't worry too much about destroying the archaeology, I feel that years of human interaction have already caused untoward damage but it's an ideal place to eat your lunch or have a snack and contemplate all those hoards who are probably ascending Brown Tongue. As you admire your quiet kingdom from your summit pirch, most of those bound for Scafell or the Pikes are still at low altitide and perspiring in the midst of their ascent of Hollow Stones.
AW Says:"A rocky slope above which the summit rises in easier gradients.
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