12th February 2016

Mostly sunny on Middle Fell

Time 12:50 to 2:50pm
Duration 2 hr
Distance 3.6 mile
Ascent about 1600 ft
Walking with On my own
Greendale - Middle Fell - Greendale Tarn - Greendale
Fells visited
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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


With the promise of a sunny afternoon on the cards I headed out for a short walk over Middle Fell instead of heading straight home from work. Last year far too many Friday afternoons were spent doing other things so I told myself this year Fri PMs would be much more productive, from a walking point of view.

After taking somewhere around ten steps from the car I look across to see Lingmell and the Scafell's, all topped with snow and looking very wintry indeed. I'm guessing you already know I really enjoy walking above the snow line and some of my most enjoyable walks are done in harsh wintry conditions but, and it's a big but, this winter has been so wet and stormy all I want is spring to arrive and bring with it some nice warm, settled weather.

A close up of Scafell Pike and Scafell.


A close up of Buckbarrow with the Sellafield site behind. I'm glad I'm up here and not still down there.

And the winner of today's best cloud is, , , , , ,

Middle Fell summit with a view across to Yewbarrow, Kirk Fell, Great Gable, Lingmell, Scafell Pike and Scafell.

Turning to the left I see Haycock, Scoat Fell and Red Pike.

Before leaving the summit I walk a few yards to get this view down to Wast Water.

Kirk Fell, Yewbarrow and Great Gable

After a very soggy walk across open ground I arrive at the side of Greendale Tarn. Not so perfectly timed - the sun has just gone in.

Seatallan and Haycock taken from my somewhat unconventional route from Greendale Tarn.
Further up the fellside I'd spotted something shining well over from the path I was taking down the side of Greendale Gill. Once I got to it I realised it was just the sun reflecting off a wet stone rather then something valuable that I could take home and sell. Never mind - and, as I was so far across the side of the fell I decided to continue around to the path I'd used earlier.

A close up of The Screes

And to finish, a close up of Greendale.

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Lake District Walks