15th February 2008

Who needs a path when there's a perfectly good bog to walk through - Buckbarrow and Seatallan


Walk Overview
Time 12.45 to 15.55
Duration 3hr 10 min
Distance 6.2 mile
Ascent 2121ft
Walking with On my own
Harrow Head - Buckbarrow - Glade How - Seatallan - Birk Crag - Blangdale (edge of) - Winsor Farm - Harrow Head
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside, Harrow Head, Wasdale

There aren't many places here I'm afraid. However, because the spaces are still some distance from the much busier parts of Wasdale, you'll generally be able to find a space here.


Route Map

After a short walk down the Wasdale road I headed up the side of Gill Beck (the other side of the sheep) to make my way up to Buckbarrow. It may look a little intimidating from this angle; with all the crags and scree, but the route up avoids all this and is actually quite easy going, even if a little steep.

Reflections on Tosh Tarn.

I took a detour from the normal path to get some pictures of this sheepfold while the Bracken was down. During the summer months you can scarcely see it at all, so it was quite a good move today; if you're into this kind of thing, which I don't suppose many people are.
Notice the two walls pointing outwards on the left hand side. These would have been used to "funnel" the sheep into the fold.

It was so warm again today, I don't know if I'm more surprised at the temperature or the fact that the nice weather has lasted more than a week and still isn't showing any signs of changing. I just hope this isn't the last spell of decent weather for the next couple of months.

Four of the big ones (Lingmell, Scafell Pike, Scafell and Slight Side), taken from Buckbarrow, but not quite the summit.

A close up of Scafell Pike.
It looks like there are quite a few people on the summit today. No doubt the exceptional February weather is luring more people onto the fell tops than you'd normally get at this time of year. Having said that, I didn't see another soul the whole time I was out.

Looking ahead to Seatallan.
We haven't had any rain for a little while and there was a good frost last night, so it shouldn't be that wet if I was to take a straight line, off path route to the ridge below Seatallan. Or so I thought !!

Kirk Fell and Great Gable at the back, Stirrup Crag / Yewbarrow in front of those and the northern end of Middle Fell sloping down from the right.

Scafell Pike on the left and Scafell on the right.

Seatallan summit with Little Gowder Crag and Haycock behind.

Another photo of Kirkfell and Great Gable. This time taken from the summit of Seatallan.


When I set out today my intention was to walk from Seatallan to Middle Fell. While I was on Seatallan however, I had a change of mind and decided to head off path to take a walk towards Blengdale. This is a wonderful secluded place with little in the way of paths, and not somewhere you really want to start wondering around when the cloud is down.

Do you ever get the feeling you're being watched?

Looking across to Stockdale Head. The highest point in the distance is Haycock.

I seem to remember I had a notion that it wouldn't be too wet down here. How wrong can I be? I did try zigzagging back and forth, but that turned out to be pointless and I simply walked straight through everything I was presented with, even the bits where I was almost up to my knees in water and brown slime.

"Look at that clown, he's just walked through all that water and now he's heading into the really boggy bit".

The fellside below Cat Bields. This picture was taken from the almost perfectly circular sheepfold found near the path above Windsor Farm. And yes, it was wet across here as well.

Illgill Head and Whin Rigg seen from the point where I joined the (dry) farm track between Windsor Farm and Harrow Head.

One final picture, looking across to Buckbarrow.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks