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Little Tongue - Grisedale - Coast to Coast

Little Tongue, Grisedale, Coast to Coast

Rising towards Seat Sandal, which overshadows Grisedale Tarn on the Coast to Coast footpath, there are two footpaths coming up from Mill Bridge. Each takes opposite valleys on the western and eastern flanks of Great Tongue. The western valley is the Little Tongue valley, where, unsurprisingly, the Little Tongue Gill flows from its spring on the lower precipices of Gavel. To the west of Little Tongue Gill is a narrow fold in the lower slopes off Seat Sandal known as Little Tongue.

The photograph below shows the view, looking back down towards Mill Bridge and to the Rothay and Easedale Valleys, so really, looking back down the Coast to Coast path which was climbed to reach this point. The path atop Little Tongue is the original Wainwright route to Grisedale Tarn rather than the path along the Tongue Gill on the opposite side of Great Tongue. On the photograph Great Tongue is the rising land on the left and Little Tongue is the central prominence along the bottom of the photograph.

Following Little Tongue will bring you to Hause Riggs at the foot of Gavel, which is the name given to the cliff face on the eastern flank of Seat Sandal, at the foot of which the Coast to Coast walk passes. Thereafter, you will encounter Hause Moss and Hause Gap before reaching Grisedale Tarn.

This is not a difficult section of walking, but rather, a steady upward climb along a clear path (even in mist)

Little Tongue Gill and Tongue Gill merge at a ford at the foot of Little Tongue, and it is from here that you can select which of the two paths to take. In essence they both rejoin at the top end of Great Tongue, so regular walkers are likely to try out both routes at some point.
Great Tongue
Great Tongue Gill
Grisedale Tarn
Hause Gap
Hause Moss
Hause Riggs
Little Tongue
Little Tongue Gill
Seat Sandal

Little Tongue - looking back towards Grasmere

Little Tongue
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