23rd June 2009

Taking Bob and Leon up Middle Fell


Walk Overview
Time 17.20 to 19.50
Duration 2 hr 30 min
Distance 3.7 mile
Ascent 1650 ft
Walking with Bob Kirton and Leon Crichton
Greendale - Middle Fell - Greendale Tarn - Greendale Gill - 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

It was a scorching day today and although it's the middle of June, and this is the type of weather we should be getting, you still get a bit of a surprise on those infrequent days that actually feel like summer.

Looking across a sea of ever growing bracken towards Lingmell and the Scafells.

It doesn't seem to take long to gain height on the route up Middle Fell. And as you do get higher, you're treated to this view across Wast Water to The Screes.

A close up of the little hamlet of Greendale.


A lovely view of Wasdale, Wast Water, Whin Rigg and the west coast beyond.


You get an excellent view from the top of Middle Fell, particularly on a perfect summers evening such as this. When I say perfect however, I'm obviously only talking about this part of the Lakes. This picture clearly shows that the weather in some other areas wasn't quite as good as we were enjoying.
Sadly it was heading in our direction, but didn't reach us until the final moments of the walk.
Some of the fells in the background are Yewbarrow, Kirk Fell, Great Gable Great End, Lingmell, Scafell Pike and Scafell.

Looking a little further to the left, Haycock, Scoat Fell and Red Pike come into view.

And now a picture of the summit itself.

Just moments before they were blackened by the shadows I took this close up picture of Great Gable behind Yewbarrow.

Just look at those black clouds! From here they add a dramatic touch to an otherwise sunny picture, although I should imagine there were a few disappointed people on those black looking Coniston fells we can see in the distance.

Another picture showing Lingmell and the Scafells.

Looking back up to Middle Fell.


We cut the corner at this point and headed down to Greendale Tarn through the wet area on the right hand side of the picture.

Crossing the outflow at Greendale Tarn; sadly without any evening sunshine to light up the water.

It was time to head back down now, and from here we simply followed the path on this side of Greendale Gill.

Sunshine on the western end of Wasdale.

Greendale Gill.

It seems like our luck had finally ran out and the cloud had caught up with us.

What a difference a couple of hours can make. Compare this picture with the fifth picture.

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Lake District Walks