23rd August 2014

Middle Fell to Pillar


Walk Overview
Time 8:15am to 4:35pm
Duration 8 hr 20 min
Distance 12.1 mile
Ascent 5200 ft
Walking with Rod Hepplewhite
Greendale - Middle Fell - Greendale Tarn - Greendale Gill - Greendale - Seatallan - Pots of Ashness - High Pikehow - Haycock - Great Scoat Fell - Steeple - Scoat Fell - The Chair - Red Pike - Black Crag - Wind Gap - Pillar - Looking Stead - Black Sail Pass - Gatherstone Head - Wasdale Head
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.


Weather Readings

The Gadget
All readings were taken using a Kestrel 2000 Weather Meter
Live temperature recorded at the time I press the hold key
Maximum Wind Speed Maximum wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location Average Wind Speed
Average wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location
Wind Chill
Combination of wind speed and temperature. The gadget does the calculations not me.

Route Map


I'm standing in the car park at Wasdale Head taking this picture looking up to Pillar, but, this isn't the starting point for today's walk, this is the finishing point. Today, we'd use both cars which allow us to take a linear route from Greendale to Wasdale Head.

Once we'd driven back through the valley to Greendale we made our way up Middle Fell. Here you have the Irish Sea in the distance and Buckbarrow on the right hand side of the picture.

Middle Fell summit in front of Haycock, Scoat Fell and Red Pike; all of which will be visited later in the walk.


A close up of the Sellafield site.

and one of the estuary at Ravenglass.

The cumbrian coast seen below Middle Fell summit.

From Middle Fell we were heading across to Haycock, , , , or so I presumed. As we walked across the lower ground below us, Rod headed towards Seatallan. I suggested "it would be easier to cut straight across towards Haycock" Rod answered that he " thought we were going up Seatallan as well". And so we took a steep route up the side of Seatallan.

Seatallan summit.

And, , , , another close up of Sellafield.

Ahead of us we can see Haycock. To get there we undertake our 2nd down and our 3rd up of the day. Before we reached the car at Wasdale Head the walk would have us descending and reascending quite a few more times.

Looking back to Seatallan.

Blengdale seen from the route up Haycock.


Haycock summit.

A view back to Haycock. There's nowt very complicated up here, just follow the wall.

As is often the case, Steeple was visited as an out and back from the main ridge near Scoat Fell.

Zooming in on Ennerdale Water.

Steeple's summit offers a great view across to Black Crag and Pillar. Most distinctive in this picture however, is the top section of Great Gable (just right of centre) which looks nothing like the conical shape you see from Wasdale.

Time for something to eat next to the wall on Scoat Fell.


A short walk from Red Pike summit is The Chair. From the summit side it looks like any other cairn found up on the fells but this cairn holds a secret. For those folk that take the time to have a closer look, the cairn is actually a brilliantly positioned seat. A cushion would be nice but with views like this it hardly seems right to complain.

Now we head back across the fell only this time we make a point of visiting Red Pike summit.


Steeple taken from the flatish ground near Black Crag.

Pillar seen from Black Crag.

Pillar summit was nice a quiet today, despite it being a sunny day and a bank holiday weekend.

That's us two looking down to Pillar Rock and the track through Ennerdale.

Ennerdale Water.

Well, I have to say the walk went right downhill from here. Obviously I mean this from an altitude point of view not from the enjoyment.

Downwards we head with continuous views across to Kirk Fell, Great Gable, Green Gable and a whole host of other fells.

Looking back up to Pillar.


A close up of Blacksail Hut youth hostel; now complete with solar panels.

Grey Knotts, Brandreth, Green Gable and Great Gable seen from the small tarn above Black Sail Pass.

A shart turn to the right and we find ourselves walking down Black Sail Pass.

Gatherstone Beck was crossed with dry boots.

Nature in miniature.

A view into Mosedale.

I think someone must have turned off the light above Wasdale Head and Illgill Head.

Great Gable towers above the farm buildings at Wasdale Head.

"It's my bridge and you're not crossing it"

And that's what you call a great walk. Now we drive back through the valley to Greendale where my car is parked.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks