28th February 2010

Middle Fell and Buckbarrow


Walk Overview
Time 10.40 to 15.40
Duration 5 hr
Distance 4.4 mile
Ascent 1700 ft
Walking with Roger, Gary, Ann and Sheena
Greendale - Middle Fell - above Greendale Tarn - above Bucckbarrow Moss - Glade How - Buckbarrow - Tongues Gills - Greendale Beck - 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

I took this picture looking towards Lingmell and the Scafells about ten minutes before the rest of the party arrived at Greendale hamlet. But what a difference to yesterdays blue sky and sunshine, and what a difference in temperature. It was much cooler at this level today than it was yesterday at the top of Bow Fell.

Looking across to Wast Water, Illgill Head and the screes.

A bit higher up Middle Fell now and we stop to admire the view across to Buckbarrow and the Nether Wasdale end of the valley.

Seatallan and snow topped Haycock.


Not quite the best day for it, but the summit of Middle Fell is possibly the best vantage point for a view of the Scafells.

Still at the summit and looking to Seatallan (left) and Haycock in the distance.

It was just about time for something to eat now and this rocky outcrop was just the place to give us some shelter.

Greendale Tarn was semi frozen and in a dark mood when we passed by today.

Wide open space on route to Buckbarrow. The fell in the far distance on the left of the picture is Black Combe.

Looking back across to Middle Fell.

This isn't quite the largest cairn you're likely to come across, but cleverly building it on top of a rocky outcrop makes it appear much bigger than it actually is.

A view across to Seatallan.

Buckbarrow summit cairn.

Rather than head down to the road after leaving Buckbarrow, we decided to walk across to this cairn; built by Joss Naylor. From here we dropped down to the path on the western side of Greendale Gill.

Greendale, Wast Water, The Screes and Whin Rigg.

Roger investigates this strangely shaped shelter. Until a couple of years ago it was no more than an over grown ruin; barely visible in summer because of the bracken. It does appear to have retained its original shape, but we couldn't work out why it would be built this way.

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