We started our walk from Grasmere and walked towards the Swan Hotel on the main road. We could see our first objective, Stone Arthur on the skyline. From the lane alongside the hotel we took the second turning on the right to reach a gate where we turned left to follow the signposted path that climbed steeply up the hillside. When most of the height had been gained we branched off to the left over open fell side to reach the rocky summit. Although Stone Arthur is only 1652 ft there are excellent views from the summit down to the Vale of Grasmere.
This was my 100th Wainwright, a cause for celebration, but there are still 114 to go.
Our next objective was Seat Sandal. The usual ascent is from Mill Bridge but this would have meant retracing our steps. Looking at the map it appeared that a direct descent heading NW would take us to the footbridge along Tongue Gill. There were no walls to cross and the contours did not seem too close together. It was steep but we made it and joined the main path just upstream of the footbridge. We were quite fortunate as we later found out that the footbridge was closed off due to rotting timbers. We now had a steady climb alongside Tongue Gill to Grisedale Hause. From here the route to Seat Sandal involved a steep climb up loose scree. When we paused to get our breath we could look back over Grisedale Tarn with Dollywaggon Pike and St Sundays Crag opposite framing Ullswater in the distance. From the summit at 2415 ft there were panoramic views to the west. Visibility was good although it was very dull and overcast. We returned along the south ridge, an easy descent on grass.
8 miles : 3150 feet of ascent.