22nd March 2012

A Greendale Round


Walk Overview
Time 12.20 to 15.25
Duration 3 hr 5 min
Distance 6.3 mile
Ascent 2100 ft
Walking with On my own
Greendale - Middle Fell - Seatallan - Cat Bields - Glade How - Buckbarrow - Gill Beck - road back to 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

It was far too nice an afternoon to miss out on so I headed across to Wasdale for a walk over Middle Fell, Seatallan and Buckbarrow. Out of the cool breeze it was a gorgeous spring day and quite a bit warmer than you'd expect at this time of year. I just hope this doesn't turn out to be our summer.

Just across from the car park I took this picture looking down the valley towards Lingmell, Scafell Pike and Scafell.

Tongues Gills and Greendale Gill.

On the way up but not quite at the top. This is a classic case of a few false summits before you get to the top.

and talking about the top, here I am.
Just to the right of the cairn is Kirk Fell, then Great Gable and in front of that is Yewbarrow.
The fell above the tarn on the left is Red Pike, , , yes, if you look closely there's a tarn there; Low Tarn.

The scafells seen from Middle Fell summit. Arguably the finest view of Englands highest ground there is.

Before I left the summit I took this picture of Seatallan. That's where I'm heading next.

Haycock, Scoat Fell and Red Pike.



The path to the top of Seatallan is around the other side of the skyline but today I went for the straight up the front option.

Everything from Kirk Fell to Scafell.

Looking across to Haycock and Scoat Fell.
The route is this steep by the way, no camera tricks here.

As I gained height it became increasingly hazy as this picture of Middle Fell and Greendale Tarn shows.
The dark fell behind is Illgill Head and Whin Rigg.

Seatallan summit.

A view back up to Seatallan.

Seatallan seen from the cairn on Glade How.

By the time I reached Buckbarrow the afternoon was at its haziest (I think that's a real word) and I never took another photo until I got back down to the road.

On the way back to Greendale and thankfully is was a little bit clearer down here.

Greendale Gill, taken from Greendale Bridge. That's Middle Fell behind.

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Lake District Walks