23rd August 2006

An evening walk to Geeendale Tarn and Middle Fell


Walk Overview
Time 16.30 to 18.30
Duration 2 hr
Distance 3 mile
Ascent 1660 ft
Walking with On my own
Greendale - Greendale Tarn - Middle Fell - Greendale
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside parking, Greendale hamlet, Wasdale

This isn't really a car park as such, it just seems to have been adopted as one because of its closeness to the trio of fells around Greendale Tarn.

Parking is free and I've never failed to get a space here.


Route Map

Illgill Head in the foreground and Lingmell, Scafell Pike and Scafell in shadow. Taken from the start of an evening walk up to Greendale Tarn and Middle Fell.

On quite a few of my recent walks I've noticed just how dry everywhere has been, but I had no such thoughts today as these two pictures of Greendale Gill show.


A large group of children wild camping next to Greendale Tarn.

Greendale Tarn.
The route I took this evening went about halfway along the side of the tarn, then straight up the side of the fell to the rocky section (top right). It turned out to be much steeper than it looks from here.

Haycock and the Pots of Ashness seen from the route up to the Middle Fell ridge.

Greendale Tarn taken from the rocky area seen in the earlier photo.

Once I got onto the Middle Fell ridge the views to the higher fells at the head of Wasdale really started to open up. This one is a close up of Lingmell and the Scafells. The rocky section of fell (bottom left) is the Overbeck end of Yewbarrow.

Looking back across Middle Fells short ridge with Haycock behind.

From Middle Fell summit looking down to Wast Water.

And looking across to Illgill Head.

A close up of the little hamlet of Greendale.

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