14th July 2016

Buckbarrow, Seatallan and Middle Fell

Time 12:30 to 3:30pm
Duration 3 hr
Distance 6.4 mile
Ascent somewhere close to 2300 ft
Walking with On my own
Greendale - road to Harrow Head - Buckbarrow - Glade How - Cat Bields - Seatallan - Winscale Hows - Middle Fell - 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


Middle Fell taken from the bridge at Greendale.

As this is a circular walk, (although the actual route isn't a circle) it doesn't really matter where you set off from, providing you can get there in a car or whatever form of transport you may have. So, because the spaces were already taken at Harrow Head, I continued down to Greendale and started from there. This meant walking back up the road to reach the beginning of the path on Buckbarrow. But, as the view proves, that's no hardship and I had to walk along here at some point regardless of where I parked up. Those folk that think walking more than 100 yards along a road completely ruins a walk needn't panic. Most of the journey along here can be done on the grass verge and as such maintains an acceptable level of enjoyment.

Looking up towards the crags on Buckbarrow.

Despite the breeze it was really warm work on here this afternoon.

Buckbarrow summit.

Looking around to the left, I now see the Scafells have a bit of cloud on them.

Now I begin the nice steady walk up from Cat Bields to Seatallan. If all Lake District walking was this easy and all distance could be covered this quickly, we'd all be doing much longer walks, , , or we'd have a lot more time on our hands to do other things. Personally, I'd choose the longer walks option because I can't think of anything else I'd rather be doing; spare time or not.

Seatallan summit.
To the left of the trig column is Red Pike and to the right are Kirk Fell and Great Gable.

Looking across to Haycock from teh top of Seatallan.

A close up of Pillar and Scoat Tarn.


A close up of Great Gable.

From the top of Seatallan I leave by the path before veering off to the right and taking an off path route to the lower ground next to Middle Fell.


A Middle Fell view of Wast Water and the Scafells. O the left hand side of the picture are Kirk Fell, Great Gable and Yewbarrow.

We'll, not far to go now - - OK, perhaps there's still a bit of height to descend but it doesn't seem to take long at all. The scene on display here is in view almost the whole way back. So, despite the walk drawing to an end after only three hours, I can hardly find reason enough to be disappointed.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks