Seathwaite is the starting point for many a long day in the high central fells. Although it is renowned as the wettest place in England, the weather has always been fine whenever I have been there - and there are rumours to the effect that the rain-gauge involved is also an excellent place to relieve yourself after a refreshing drink in the farmyard café...
This is the view south when you start out. Allen Crags on the left is dropping towards Esk Hause, and Seathwaite Fell in the centre-right of the picture is hiding the highest fells. Stockley Bridge is behind the tree on the left, and the normal path to Styhead Tarn cuts up between Seathwaite Fell and Base Brown, on the right.
An alternative path up to Styhead tarn is via Taylor Gill Force, the waterfall on the right. This route is much more exciting than the normal path from Stockley Bridge, with some spectacular views of the falls after rain and some interesting scrambling. The path starts by turning right within Seathwaite Farm buildings, and then left at the wooden bridge. It meets the path from Stockley Bridge at the little bridge below Styhead.
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