Start – Greendale roadside NY144056, Distance – 8km, Ascent – 740m, Time – 3hrs 00mins plus stops.
A cracker of a short walk, taking in the 2000ft peak of Seatallan, and the Wainwrights of Middle Fell and Buckbarrow. This latter is a real treat, with multiple rocky peaks, many of which hang vertiginously over Greendale and offer fantastic views along the length of Wasdale. If time is short, I’d recommend a quick scoot up Buckbarrow on it’s own as it’s a lot of hill for relatively little effort. Although the route given here doesn’t follow many rights of way, there are paths pretty much all round and navigation shouldn’t prove too tricky. I’m not sure which is the best way on and off Buckbarrow – we went off-piste in a north-east direction from the top down to Greendale Gill, although I’ve seen routes to the west described elsewhere. Despite going off the beaten track, the descent across the slopes to Greendale Gill is easy going and completely non-perilous.
Starting the climb to Middle Fell. Whin Rigg is the fell on the left, Greendale is in the foreground
A brief break in the clouds at the top of Middle Fell. The shapely Haycock stands proud in the morning sun.
Haycock again, with Scoat Fell to the right wearing a crown of clouds. Serves it right for having such a flat summit
The ascent of Seatallan from the col with Middle Fell. The route is straight up the slope and it’s every bit as steep as it looks
The Scafells in cloud, taken from Buckbarrow. The great thing about sub-2000ft peaks is that they’re often in clear air when the higher peaks are shrouded in low cloud. You still get great views and don’t have to worry too much about digging your compass out
Looking in the other direction from Buckbarrow, this time across Nether Wasdale towards the sea
Greendale and The Screes across Wast Water from Buckbarrow. I was really taken with Buckbarrow and it’s multiple precipitous crags. A truly fine peak (or series of peaks), despite being less than 400m in height. It just goes to show that biggest isn’t always best.
Greendale Gill from the descent.