8th August 2008

Middle Fell, Haycock and a long walk down Nether Beck


Walk Overview
Time 12.15 to 16.45
Duration 4 hr 30 min
Distance 8.7 mile
Ascent 2998 ft
Walking with On my own
Greendale - Middle Fell - Winscale Hows - Pots of Ashness - High Pikehow - Haycock - Nether Beck - Wast Water - Wasdale Road - 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

Middle Fell seen from the small roadside car park next to the little hamlet of Greendale.

Greendale Gill and Tongue Gills.

From middle Fell summit you get a fine view across to the Scafells.

Zooming in on Yewbarrow and Great Gable.

A close up view of Haycock.

And not quite so close.

Along the route between Middle Fell and the delightfully named Pots of Ashness, I had a view down to Nether Beck; the route followed later in the walk.

Getting close to the final steeper ascent of Haycock; just to this side of the right hand skyline.

As you approach the rocky area at the bottom of the fell you'd expect to have to do a bit clambering over rocks and scree to get to the top. This isn't case though, with only a small amount zigzagging I managed to reach the cairn on this side of the summit without setting foot on any stones or rocks at all. Steep yes, but much easier than it looks from the approach.

Looking back to Middle Fell and Seatallan.
Admittedly, it was far from dry, but I expected this area to be much 'soggier' than it turned out to be. The wet section of the walk was still to come !

A close up of Scoat Tarn.

Ennerdale Water and surrounding fells, seen from Haycock summit.


And a longer distance view, taken from the same place; just below Haycock.

I took this picture at the top of the Nether Beck route down to Wast Water and although you can see the lake from here and it may not look too far, it still took about two hours to reach the road next to the lake.

Nether Beck seen here twisting and turning through what was the wettest section of the whole walk. Common sense should have told be to leave the path and take a slightly higher route for a while, but, follow the path I did, and I have to say it was like walking across a giant sponge.

This was just one of a series of somewhat audible waterfalls, all of which are found fairly close to the path, with only the slightest of detours being necessary to reach them. Simply follow the noise.



This is a thoroughly enjoyable route off (or even onto) the fells. Although I have to say, it does seem never ending.

The highlight of the walk was this waterfall. It was impressive enough today, so It must be quite spectacular after a decent period of heavy rain.


Yewbarrow, Great Gable, Lingmell, Scafell Pike and Scafell.

Wast Water and the Screes may look pleasant and inviting enough on a summers day like this. However, should you decide to come here in the middle of winter when the mist is down and you're faced with that horrible relentless drizzle then this is probably the one of the least welcoming places in the Lake District.


David Hall -
Lake District Walks