18th November 2014

Seatallan and Buckbarrow


Walk Overview
Time 12:30 to 3pm
Duration 2 hr 30 min
Distance 6.1 mile
Ascent 2100 ft
Walking with On my own
Greendale - Tongue Gills - Seatallan - Cat Bields - Glade How - Buckbarrow - Gill Beck - road back to 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.


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 behind the car at Greendale (that's me at the bottom of the picture). Up there you can see Middle Fell but I'm not heading up there today, instead, I'm walking onto Seatallan and then Buckbarrow. I've actually got all the time in the world but darkness is arriving earlier by the day so I thought it best to skip Middle Fell and head straight onto the other two fells.

This is the southern side of Buckbarrow where I'll be walking later.

You don't need to get very far into this walk at all when Wastwater and the Scafells come into view.

Looking down to Greendale Gill which continues up to Greendale Tarn. On the left hand side are a few smaller feeders called Tongue Gills.


Haycock and Middle Fell.

In what didn't feel like very long at all, I reached Joss Naylor Cairn. Directly above the cairn in this picture is Illgill Head.

Still at the cairn and now looking across to Haycock and Middle Fell.


Zooming in a little on Kirk Fell, Yewbarrow and Great Gable.

After a bit of off path walking over tussocky ground I reach the path on Seatallan. Easy walking now, even though it's up hill.

Very strange; I was just thinking how nice the colours of the grasses were and than I looked in this direction and none of the golds, bronzes and reds were nowhere to be seen.

Approaching Seatallan summit.

Seatallan summit in front of Haycock and Caw Fell.

and now looking around towards Red Pike, Kirk Fell, Great Gable (above the trig point), Lingmell and the Scafells.

A close up of the Scafells, which were in and out of cloud all the time I was out today.


Pillar and Red Pike seen above Scoat Tarn.

Another close up and this time it's of Kirk Fell and Great Gable.

I tried standing in different places to get a picture looking back up to Seatallan without my shadow but gave up in the end.



Zooming in on Scafell Pike (left, under cloud) and Scafell.

This is the view I had for most of the walk back to the car, , , , not bad eh!

The crags below Buckbarrow.

Greendale in front of Lingmell and the Scafells.

As the shadow indicate, time was marching on and although I still had time to spare, this walk was just about right for an afternoon walk at this time of year.


David Hall -
Lake District Walks