High Seat, High Tove and Armboth Fell
2 January 2009
With another cold day forecast, I decided to take
advantage of the frozen ground and head for the central fells, west of
Thirlmere, an area widely reported as damp and boggy. When the ground is
frozen is an ideal time to visit damp terrain. We parked in the little
car park at Armboth - a locality almost infamous for having no
habitations since the raising of the water level of Thirlmere to create
the reservoir. It is still used as a name of the area, and appears on
The walk starts with an ascent alonside Fisher Gill, taking the footpath
towards Watendlath. That footpath is notable for being one of the very
few that doesn't cross a pass or col, but instead goes over the summit
of High Tove - in an effort to avoid the wettest ground.
The icy path. Most of it was easy going, but where surface water ran
over the stones of the path, it had frozen into very smooth and slippery
ice. Fortunately it wasn't difficult to find a way around.
Thirlmere as we ascend by Fisher Gill; Helvellyn is on the right.
So, emerging from the steep section next to the forest, we reach the flatter
ground. This is a frozen Fisher Gill as we prepare to cross it.
George by Fisher Gill
Frosty on Armboth Fell
Approaching the summit, and at half past ten the sun is over the horizon.
High Tove and High Seat from Armboth Fell. I visited the other two tops of
Armboth Fell, but both my eyes and the GPS reported this to be the high point.
Wainwright advises taking a long way round from Armboth Fell to High Tove to avoid the bog, advice
I was delighted to be able to ignore today, with no soggy ground to be found
anywhere on this beeline towards the top of High Tove.
Looking back to Armboth Fell (centre) from High Tove - Helvellyn is on the far
left on the other side of the unseen Thirlmere.
The cairn on the top of High Tove. The precise location of the highpoint was
unclear in the tussocky grass.
Heading towards High Seat from High Tove.
Frozen peat groughs posed no difficulties today.
A locked gate (why? - the fence is so damaged in places that it doesn't form an
effect barrier) and the two summits of High Seat
Looking north to Skiddaw past Bleaberry Fell from the trig point on High Seat.
Part of Derwentwater can be seen left, with Bassenthwaite Lake disappearing into
the distance beyond it.
Two fellwanderers on top of High Seat. The other summit of High Seat is seen
behind us, not obviously lower. A survey is needed to make sure.
Today's pictures include some which are very white and frosty and some which are
lovely and brown. This one and the next are taken from the same place, but in
opposite directions, and shown this nicely.
It has been white and frosty all the way from the summit of High Seat, but
looking back it looks like different country.
A herd of deer runs across the centre of picture as we make a beeline back
towards Fisher Gill. Helvellyn has emerged from cloud across Thirlmere.
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A great outing, and a good decision to visit here in frosty weather when the
ground was hard. Total distance 8.2 km and 509 metres of ascent in 3 hours 18 mins