18th December 2009

Middle Fell and Greendale Tarn


Walk Overview
Time 12.30 to 14.15
Duration 1 hr 45 min
Distance 3.7 mile
Ascent 1700 ft
Walking with On my own
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

What a gorgeous winters day; blue sky, sunshine, a dusting of snow on the higher tops and crystal clear conditions. The only downside was that I didn't have the whole day to enjoy it. Such is life I suppose, although this short walk on Middle Fell went a heck of a long way towards making up for it. I took this picture looking to Lingmell, Scafell Pike and Scafell from the road at Greendale just as I was setting out.

The other night the weather forecaster on TV mentioned that the wind would be blowing across from Siberia, bringing with it snow and arctic temperatures. Well, we didn't get much snow across here, but they were certainly right about the temperature; this was as far as I got before I needed to put a jacket on. A rare thing for me, but I never took it off for the rest of the walk.

Looking across to Buckbarrow.

And just before they disappeared out of sight for a while, I took another picture of Lingmell, Scafell Pike and Scafell.

Looking down to Greendale Gill.

Middle Fell summit with a view across to the scafells, and the Coniston fells in the far distance.

A little further round and Yewbarrow, Great Gable and Kirk Fell all come into view.

Further still, and you see Red Pike, Scoat Fell and Haycock.

Winter on Scafell Pike, , ,

, , , and also on Scafell.


Heading down to the lower ground above Greendale Tarn I took this picture of Seatallan and Haycock.


At this end of the tarn I was hearing that wonderful chink, chink, chink of the ice which had been blown down here by the strong wind.



Ha , , , if I can stand here without sinking, maybe I don't need to loose much weight after all.

Ice patterns in Greendale Gill.

Frozen Greendale Gill, and I'm not surprised; the wind was howling through here. It definitely wasn't a day for standing about for too long.

After leaving the tarn I set off walking next to Greendale Gill. Although, after avoiding the icy sections near the path, I soon found myself way above the gill, so I decided it was easier to cut across and rejoin the path I was on earlier than carry on fighting with the ice.

Almost down now and a view across Wast Water to Illgill Head and the Screes, and of course Scafell on the left of the picture.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks