Saturday, 1 July 2000

Seatallan

Seatallan
Height: 692m (2,270ft)
Prominence: 193m (633ft)
Region: Western Fells
Classifications: Nuttall, Hewitt, Wainwright, Marilyn, Hardy
Summit feature: Shelter cairn (tumulus) and trig pillar
Times climbed: 1
Related trip report:
The summit tumulus on a fairly gnarly day
What Wainwright said:

"Seatallan forms a steep western wall to the quiet valley of Nether Beck for much of its length, exhibiting thereto a rocky slope above which the summit rises in easier gradients to a graceful cone".

Seatallan is rounded, grassy and fairly unassuming, occupying a large amount of land. However, it is classed as a Marilyn because of the low elevation of the col connecting it to Haycock, its nearest higher neighbour to the north.

The name Seatallan is believed to have a Cumbric origin, meaning "Aleyn's high pasture".

Seatallan's most prominent feature is Buckbarrow, the 400 ft rampart of crags on the southern edge overlooking lower Greendale and Wast Water. Buckbarrow is given a separate chapter in Wainwright's The Western Fells, and is thus classed as a Wainwright, despite having virtually no topographic prominence of its own.

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