26th February 2013

Perfect conditions from Middle Fell to Buckbarrow


Walk Overview
Time 12.30 to 15.40
Duration 3 hr 10 min
Distance 5.7 mile
Ascent 2400 ft
Walking with On my own
Greendale – Middle Fell – Winscale Hows – Seatallan – Cat Bields – Buckbarrow – Glade How – Buckbarrow – Tongues Gills – 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

Normally I don't mess about with the photos, but today I decided to photoshop out all the cloud and replace it with blue sky. Hopefully it doesn't spoil your enjoyment.

I hope you like looking at the Scafells because there are a few pictures on this walk. And Lingmell of course (the one on the left).

Looking across to Greendale Gill and Tongues Gills. I didn't know it when I took this picture, but I'll be crossing the beck down there towards the end of the walk.

The most notable thing on this walk was how warm it was. I did the whole walk in short sleeves and I didn't see the need to bother carrying a bag or anything with me. It wasn't going to rain, it wasn't cold, I'd just had something to eat and drink so I travelled light. I'll be delighted if it's this nice in a the middle of April.


Middle Fell Summit. To the left of the cairn is Red Pike, Scoat Fell and Haycock.
Those small patches of snow aren't going to last much longer.

This time looking around to the right to see Red Pike, Yewbarrow, Kirk Fell, Great Gable and Lingmell.

Scafell Pike and Scafell in close up.

Not so close up this time and also in view are the Coniston fells, over on the right.

Low Tarn; just and so visible below Red Pike.

Just a short walk from the path across the top of Middle Fell and you get a view of the whole of Greendale Tarn. It's not as easy to see as it was in real life, but it was so clear I could easily make out the varying depths of the tarn from up here.

Shapely Scafell.
I watched a documentary on TV the other week about the recent discovery of the remains of King Richard III. This reminds me of his misshapen spine.

A close up of Great Gable seen behind Yewbarrow.

Heading down to the flat(ish) area between Middle Fell and Seatallan.

And now looking back.

Yes, it's a steep route up Seatallan from this side. The fells over there are Haycock, Scoat Fell and Red Pike.

Seatallan summit.

On the left is Slight Side, on the right is Illgill Head in front of Harter Fell and in the distance are the Coniston fells.

A very hazy, into the sun picture taken from the path down from Seatallan to Cat Bields.

A view back up to Seatallen.

As I walked down here I made a spur of the moment decision to cut back onto the Middle Fell side of Greendale Gill instead of continuing straight down to Greendale. It was a bit steep getting back up tot he path you can see, but at least there was plenty of grass to hold onto and pull myself up with.

You'll need good eyes but there are three people in this picture. One of them is me at the the bottom and the other two are in there somewhere.

Crossing Greendale Gill.

A view across Wast Water to Illgill Head and the Screes.

And to finish, here's another reminder that Scafell Pike and Scafell were never far from my gaze over the last three hours.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks