20th October 2012

Middle Fell and Greendale Tarn


Walk Overview
Time 13.15 to 15.15
Duration 2 hr
Distance 3.7 mile
Ascent 1650 ft
Walking with On my own
Greendale - Middle Fell - Greendale Tarn - Greendale Gill - 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 had a delayed start today so I could do some 'stuff' at home while it was forecasted to be cloudy and wet. It was after dinner (lunch) when I left home and it think I got the timing spot on today. I was taking to a couple (and child) a little later and they were telling me it was pouring down here this morning.

That's where I'm heading.

Looking over to the Scafells where the cloud was clearing by the minute.
Notice how small that sheep standing on the stone is.

The fells are completely clear of cloud now. This picture was taken only 7 minutes after the previous one.

Tongues Gills.

A look behind / across to Buckbarrow.

Here comes another band of cloud. Perhaps the weather window wasn't open as much as I'd expected it to be.

Approaching Middle Fell summit. That's it up on the right.

And from the summit you get a fine view of Red Pike, Yewbarow, Kirk Fell, Great Gable and Lingmell.

Looking a little to the left you can see Haycock, Scoat Fell and Red Pike.

Back around to the right and now you see the Scafells and Slight Side.


Dropping down from Middle Fell and looking across to Winscale Hows and the Pots of Ashness. Shortly after taking this I turned off to the left and headed for Greendale Tarn.

It wasn't half wet walking across this bit. If you don't like splashing your way across fellside like this you might want to leave this one for a dry spell.

Greendale Tarn and the stones I stepped across to get to the other side of the outflow.

Looking down Greendale Gill.

And now looking back up.


A picture of the unmistakable Screes running down into Wast Water. The buildings on the right hand edge of the picture are Greendale.

Two hours after setting off and the blue sky was gone and Scafell was gradually vanishing from view again.

Actually, that sheep wasn't standing on the stone, it's just the way the camera makes it look.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks