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placename:- Gatescarth Pass
site name:- Adam Seat
site name:- Selside Brow
parish Shap Rural parish, once in Westmorland
parish Longsleddale parish, once in Westmorland
county:- Cumbria
pass; cirque
coordinates:- NY47390927
coordinates:- NY47420920
10Km square:- NY40
Altitude 1920 feet
The track is not the lowest part of the pass between the hills, it runs a little up the side of Adam Seat.

1Km square NY4709


Gatescarth Pass -- Adam Seat -- Selside Brow -- Shap Rural and Longsleddale -- Cumbria / -- 4.3.2008

descriptive text:- Wilson 1912

Book, Longsleddale, by F M Wilson, published by T Wilson, Kendal, Westmorland, 1912.
The pathway up to the elevated plateau of Gatescarth is very steep and rough, but when you reach the top, the view is indescribably grand. On one side is the beautiful Mardale valley, and on looking back you see the range of Kentmere hills in all their beauty of form and colour; the Yorkshire hills - Ingleborough; a little further on Morecambe Bay; and nearer, the town of Kendal.

source:- OS 1881-82 New Series (outline edition)

Maps, parts of Westmorland, Cumberland, etc now Cumbria, New Series 1 inch maps of England, published by the Ordnance Survey, London, 1881-82; sheets 7, 11, 12, 16..19, 22..25, 28..31, 37..40, 47..50, 58.
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Gate Scarth

placename:- Gate Scarth
date:- 1881=1882
period:- 19th century, late; 1880s

old map:- Garnett 1850s-60s H

Map of the English Lakes, scale about 3.5 miles to 1 inch, published by John Garnett, Windermere, Westmorland, 1850s-60s.
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Gatescarth Pass
pass between hachures

placename:- Gatescarth Pass
date:- 1850=1869
period:- 19th century, late; 1850s; 1860s

descriptive text:- Otley 1823 (5th edn 1834)

Guidebook, Concise Description of the English Lakes, later A Description of the English Lakes, by Jonathan Otley, published by the author, Keswick, Cumberland, by J Richardson, London, and by Arthur Foster, Kirky Lonsdale, Cumbria, 1823 onwards.
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Page 115:-
The road over Gatescarth, between Branstree and Harter Fell, is steep on both sides, yet such as a horse may be ridden, or rather led; and from the highest part there is an extensive view towards the sea. ...
date:- 1823
period:- 19th century, early; 1820s

source:- Housman 1800

Page 72:-
The road now contracts into a rugged path, and winds curiously half way up the side of a steep mountain, whence a more easy ascent is had to its summit. It then descends, in a like serpentine manner, down to the vale of Mardale. Notwithstanding the difficulty of this road, the stranger enjoys the satisfaction of being assured that he cannot possibly deviate from the right path. - When we traversed this Alpine pass, the broken scattered clouds were hurried along before a brisk wind, just touching the tops of the mountains, while the sun shone bright through among them. The dark coloured and well defined shadows of these dense vapours, sweeping rapidly over the heathy surface in a variety of figures, like immense carpets, occasioned a very singular appearance in this elevated region.
date:- 1800; 1812
period:- 19th century, early; 1800s

descriptive text:- West 1778 (11th edn 1821)

Simple mistake in the name?
Guide book, A Guide to the Lakes, by Thomas West, published by William Pennington, Kendal, Cumbria once Westmorland, and in London, 1778 to 1821.
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Page 190:-
A TABLE OF THE Height of Mountains and Lakes SEEN IN THIS TOUR, ... TAKEN FROM THE LEVEL OF THE SEA. ... by Mr. John Dalton.
Goatscar, summit of the road from Hawes-water to Kendal ... 663 [yards]

other name:- Goatscar
Altitude 1989 feet
date:- 1778
period:- 18th century, late; 1770s

old map:- Hodgson 1828

Map, 4 sheets, Westmorland, by T Hodgson, scale about 1 1/4 inches to 1 mile, engraved by W R Gardner, ?published by C Smith, 1828.
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placename:- Gate Scarth
date:- 1823
period:- 19th century, early

old print:- Prior 1865

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Print, uncoloured engraving, Gatescarth Pass and Longsleddale, Westmorland, published by John Garnett, Windermere, Westmorland, and by Simpkin, Marshall and Co, London, 1865.
Included on page 51 of the guide book, Ascents and Passes in the Lake District of England, by Herman Prior.
printed at bottom:-

placename:- Gatescarth Pass
date:- 1865
period:- 19th century, late

tiny photograph, 
button to large Gatescarth Pass -- Adam Seat -- Selside Brow -- Shap Rural and Longsleddale -- Cumbria / -- From Mardale Head -- 15.7.2011

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