4th June 2015

Visiting the Lake District Tarns - Walk 49

Greendale Tarn, Scoat Tarn and Low Tarn

Time 12:25 to 4:50pm
Duration 4 hr 25 min
Distance 9.3 mile
Ascent 3000ft
Walking with On my own
Greendale - Greendale Gill - Greendale Tarn - Pots of Ashness - Gowder Crag - Haycock - side of Scoat Fell - Scoat Tarn - Low Tarn - Over Beck - Overbeck Bridge - Wast Water - 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.


Weather Readings

The Gadget
All readings were taken using a Kestrel 2000 Weather Meter
Live temperature recorded at the time I press the hold key
Maximum Wind Speed Maximum wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location Average Wind Speed
Average wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location
Wind Chill
Combination of wind speed and temperature. The gadget does the calculations not me.

Route Map


Today I'm setting out from Greendale to visit 3 tarns found on the western side of Wast Water. Since I started the website, Greendale Tarn has been visited about a dozen times, Low Tarn has only visited once and Scoat Tarn hasn't been visited at all since before 2003. Strange how things work out.

Scafell Pike and Scafell seen from the lower slopes of Middle Fell.

Rather than walk over Middle Fell, it made more sense for me to head straight up the side of Greendale Gill to get to the tarn.


Looking back out from Greendale Gill.

Greendale Tarn.


Greendale Tarn seen below Middle Fell.

Standing on the flat ground between Middle Fell and Seatallan I look across to the Scafells and, Kirk Fell, Great Gable and Yewbarrow.

Looking ahead to Haycock, Scoat Fell and Red Pike.

In the interest of saving unnecessary height gain / loss I skirted around the side of Winscales Hows following a narrow path which in places was more like a sheep trod. But, it did the job and made the route across here an easy affair. That's Haycock over there. It doesn't look very steep from here does it?


Now I head down to the Pots of Ashness.

Here I'm looking up the steep side of Haycock and as I take the photo I wish I hadn't just had something to eat. Walking on a full stomach doesn't make for swift progress up this type of terrain.


Haycock summit.

Just across from the summit you get this great view over Ennerdale.

and a close up of Ennerdale Water.

Leaving Haycock with a view across to Steeple and Scoat Fell. I'm more or less following the walk onto the high ground ahead of me. The idea behind this was so I could drop down to Scoat Tarn from above instead of reaching it by the flatter route.

A close up of Steeple.

Scoat Tarn seen as I make my way down the side of Scoat Fell.


Scoat Tarn outflow.


I assume this can only be a rain gauge. It's not like it's a quick ten minute walk from the road to this spot so while I was here I couldn't help but wonder how often it gets checked. To be completely selfish, I'd like to see hundreds of these things dotted all over the Lake District. I'd also like to be offered the job of going out everyday to check one or two of them, , , , as long as I could choose which ones I wanted to check each day.

A final look back at Scoat Tarn as I start my way to Low Tarn.

The two tarns up here are separated by a short section of higher ground coming off Red Pike. It may be pathless but it's not very steep, so in no time at all after leaving Scoat Tarn I find myself looking down on Low Tarn.


Zooming in a little on Kirk Fell, Great Gable and the Stirrup Crag end of Yewbarrow.

A not so close up picture looking through Dore Head to Kirk Fell.

Red Pike seen as I give those cows plenty of space. Actually, sticking to slightly higher ground worked just as well as if I'd dropped straight down to Over Beck.

Brumfull Beck.

Here I use the bridge to get onto the correct side of Over Beck.


Looking back through Over Beck to see Red Pike.

Looking up the steep side of Yewbarrow
And from the same place, I'm now looking down towards Wast Water.

Lingmell, Scafell Pike and Scafell.

Overbeck Bridge in front of Wast Water, Great Gable, Lingmell, Scafell Pike, Scafell and Slight Side.

A little further along the road I cross Netherbeck Bridge and take a picture of Nether Beck.

A view back along the road shows one of Lakeland's most easily recognisable skylines. Yewbarrow, Great Gable, Lingmell, Scafell Pike and Scafell. I say easily recognisable but shortly after taking this picture I passed a couple having a bite to eat next to their car. Here's part of the conversation which I suspect completely ruined their day; although I didn't mean to.
"Hello, have you been up Scafell Pike"
"No, not today. I've been to Haycock and a few different tarns" (they looked at me as if I was talking in a different language)
"We've been up Scafell Pike"
"It must have been busy up there on a nice day like today"
"Not really, we only say one other person", , , , , (you can probably guess where this is going!)
"Really? Which did you walk up" (they pointed at Scafell)
"I hate to say this but that's not Scafell Pike it's Scafell"
"Aren't they the same thing"
"Errmmmm, no, they're two separate fells. On the plus side you've been up the better of the two"

Wast Water Screes looking really clear on the opposite side of the lake.

Almost back at the car and before I head away from the lake I take a final picture of Wast Water and the Screes.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks