This was arguably the one walk I did want to do whilst staying on this side of the Lake District. Yes there are higher walks and better paths, but few better views of the Scafells and surrounding mountains than from WastWater and also from Middle Fell. I’d seen plenty of pictures of the panorama from Middle Fell but nothing prepared me for the mouth open, jaw hitting the floor, moment when I got there. It’s a place I would recommend all walkers try to get to and goes in as one of my favourite walks of the year.
|Start – Greendale
|Route – Middle Fell – Seatallan – Cat Bields – Joss Naylor’s Cairn – Buckbarrow – Greendale
|Distance – 5.5 miles Start time – 10.20am Time taken – 4 3/4hrs Highest Point – Seatallan 692m
|Weather – Sunny, some cloud, very windy
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Britain’s favourite view, along Wastwater to Yewbarrow left, Great Gable in the centre and Lingmell right. Scafell Pike has its head in the cloud further right
The Wastwater Screes
Middle Fell which is my first target
Buckbarrow which is my last
One last look before I get on with the walk
Sunshine as I look back to The Screes on the climb to Middle Fell
All the way out to the Western coast, with Buckbarrow on the right
Great view of the Scafells as the clouds lift whilst climbing Middle Fell
Buckbarrow on the right and the West Coast beyond
Looks like I’ve timed it right! Look at the blue sky!
Middle Fell summit and my jaw on the floor!!
The view to Red Pike and Scoat Fell from Middle Fell
Seatallan (left) and Haycock from Middle Fell
Zooming in on Scafell Pike, Mickledore is the dip to the right and Broad Stand the vertical rock face on the right leading up to Scafell
Great Gable, Yewbarrow in the foreground
What a view!
As I finally head down from Middle Fell I look across to Low Tarn and Red Pike
Greendale Tarn which feeds Greendale Gill
Kirk Fell in the sun and Great Gable behind looking as though it is on fire!!
Greendale Tarn backed by Middle Fell
Still a great view even from the climb to Seatallan
Scoat Tarn with Red Pike right and Scoat Fell left. Pillar in shadow behind
Haycock which is at the head of Blengdale
Summit trig and the Scafells
Cat Bields down to the right and the Irish Sea in the sunshine
Looking back to Seatallan from Cat Bields
Apart from Wainwright himself, Joss Naylor is the second most popular person to have walked these fells. This is his cairn
Joss Naylor Cairn and Middle Fell
Sunburst from Buckbarrow
And again with Cat Bields left and Seatallan right
I had to sit to take this shot from Buckbarrow Crags with all the wind. A lovely view along Wastwater to the Scafells. The car is parked down there on the bottom right of picture
Down at the road and walking back to the car. The Screes caught nicely in the afternoon light.