17th June 2014

Middle Fell and Greendale Tarn


Walk Overview
Time 4:55 to 7:50pm
Duration 2 hr 55 min
Distance 3.7 mile
Ascent 1650 ft
Walking with Helen and Kayleigh
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


All day long the sun was shining on the west coast and the temperature rose to reach what we like to call a real scorcher. Only a couple of miles inland however, and the clouds seem to have been slowly building up throughout the day. By the time we were ready to begin walking it was still very hot and very humid but the bonus of clear blue skies had gone. Never mind, you can't argue against this being a great way to spend the evening after a day at work.
Over there in the distance are Lingmell, Scafell Pike and Scafell. Cloud is just and so touching the top of Scafell.

Height is quickly gained and the view of Wast Water, The Screes, Illgill Head and Whin Rigg soon open up on the opposite side of the valley.

A close up of Greendale.

Below us is Greendale Gill and straight ahead, blocking out the over of the Cumbrian coast are the crags below Buckbarrow.


A little bit of zoom was used to get a picture of the sunshine on Haycock.

After a very hot and humid walk we approach the top of Middle Fell.


Middle Fell summit cairn, complete with carefully balanced stones on top.
To the left you can see Scoat Fell and Red Pike and, to the right of the cairn are Yewbarrow, Kirk Fell and Great Gable.

From the other side of the summit cairn you get this great view across Wast Water to the Scafells. Scafell Pike is now the one topped with cloud.

Leaving the summit we head on the direction of Haycock. Even though you're not going there on this walk, that's the direction you need to walk in for a while after leaving the top of Middle Fell.

A close up of the end of Wast Water.

Looking back to the summit.

It seems to be brightening up again.
Over there are Haycock (left), with Scoat Fell and Red Pike across to the right.

We make for the far end of Greendale Tarn now and even thought the route was far from dry, it was no where near as soggy as I've known it on previous visits.

Peace and quiet at Greendale Tarn, , , apart from us lot talking.

After leaving the tarn we followed the narrow path next to Greendale Gill and to state the obvious, it's down hill almost all the way from here. If you really wanted to, you can actually cut straight across. By keeping as level as possible, before too long you'll join back up with the path we were on earlier.

Looking down Greendale Gill.

and not looking back up.


It was a bit late to benefit us, but the skies cleared again to bring the day to an end with the clearest views you could ever hope to see. Here you see part of Wast Water, The screes and Whin Rigg.

Zooming in on Lingmell, Scafell Pike and Scafell.


David Hall -
Lake District Walks