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Styhead Tarn & Sprinkling Tarn from Seathwaite

Lake District Walk

Nat Park - Lake District - Lake District Western Fells

County/Area - Cumbria

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 5.6 miles / 9.1 km    Ascent - 1600 feet / 485 metres

Time - 4 hours 20 minutes    Grade - moderate

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Excellent Lake District walk from Seathwaite. The route visits Styhead Tarn and Sprinkling Tarn with glorious views to Great Gable, Great End and Esk Pike amongst other fells. The outward route climbs steeply from Stockley Bridge to follow Styhead Gill up to Styhead. The walk continues climbing to reach the head of Ruddy Gill which is followed downstream to Grains Gill and the start. A slightly longer route that includes Seathwaite Fell which lies north of Sprinkling Tarn can be found at Walk 1236 .

The start is Seathwaite car park (grid ref. NY235121). After parking, follow the track through the hamlet soon passing toilets on the left and a phone box. Co9ntinue ahead, pass through a gate and follow the main valley path. After just over a kilometre of valley walking you reach Stockley Bridge (grid ref. NY235109). Cross the bridge, pass through a gate and start the climb up a reinforced path. As you gain height you pass a small plantation on your left and soon after you enter the hanging valley with Styhead Gill on your right. Cross the footbridge (grid ref. NY223102) and bear right and continue up the path past Styhead Tarn and onto the stretcher box at Styhead (grid ref. NY219095).

Turn left and follow the clear path (reinforced in places) with the crags of Great End above on your right. Ignore the path on the right (Corridor Route) and continue climbing through glorious mountain scenery. A final uphill section leads to Sprinkling Tarn on your left. There is an excellent view behind you to Great Gable. Continue ahead to reach the head of Ruddy Gill which flows down a deep cleft. Turn left and follow the descending path beside Ruddy Gill. Shortly after crossing a footbridge (grid ref. NY234099), Ruddy Gill runs into Grains Gill which is followed back to Stockley Bridge. Cross the bridge and follow the clear valley path back to Seathwaite.

Other walks nearby

Walk 1065 Haystacksmoderate5.5 miles
Walk 1112 Great Gablehard7.3 miles
Walk 1245 Castle Crag & Grangeeasy/mod6.0 miles
Walk 1175 Combe Gill Circuitmoderate5.5 miles
Walk 3328 Eagle Crag & Seargeant's Crag from Stonethwaitemoderate7.0 miles
Walk 3133 Ullscarf and Watendlath from Stonethwaitemod/hard10.0 miles
Walk 1693 Grange & Watendlath from Rosthwaiteeasy/mod7.6 miles
Walk 1444 Great Gable (Borrowdale route)hard12.0 miles
Walk 1153 The High Stile Ridgehard10.0 miles
Walk 1289 Fleetwith Pike & Haystacksmoderate5.5 miles

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