Middle Fell & Greendale Tarn with Fr. John

Name of walk Middle Fell & Greendale Tarn with Fr. John
Date of walk 2019-08-13

On Tuesday I was meeting up with Fr. John at Greendale, near Wasdale, for a walk up to Middle Fell, which is just under 2000ft. This is quite an easy walk with good views and only four miles long. It started to rain as I reached Wastwater, then it poured down as I parked on the grass at Greendale. John arrived a few minutes later, and we sat in my car until the rain had stopped.  While I waited in my car for John I had been reading Chris Bonington’s book ‘Ascent’. John had a look at the book when he arrived, as by coincidence, Mr. Bonington had been in his congregation at St. Josephs, Cockermouth on Saturday. Small world! Once we were certain of a dry start to the walk we headed up the grassy, bracken lined path.

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Wastwater view in the rain.

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Yewbarrow, Kirk Fell, Great Gable and Lingmell.

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Looking back to the cars to the left of the buildings comprising the small hamlet of Greendale. Across Wastwater are the Wasdale screes. Whin Rigg left and Irton Fell to the right.

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The view up Greendale Gill as we head up Middle Fell. This would be our return route.

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View across to Buckbarrow and out to sea.

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Close up of Joss Naylor's cairn on the side of Buckbarrow.

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View back down.

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We head steeply up.

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Looking across Wastwater to the screes.

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We are now level with Buckbarrow.

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Less incline now as we head in the direction of the summit.

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The wind is cooling. Only 8C.

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Middle Fell summit cairn.

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The clouds are down on all the surrounding tops.

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Looking over to Scafell Pike and Scafell shrouded in cloud.

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The summit is chilly. After this photo I sit out of the wind and attach the bottoms to my shorts.

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Red Pike and Yewbarrow with Kirk Fell and Great Gable behind.

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Despite the lack of good light it is still a great view.

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The sun illuminates the view over to Seatallan. Left click to enlarge, click again to return.

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While the sun is out I continue my panorama. Caw, Haycock, Scoat Fell, Red Pike. In the gap is Dale Head, then Kirk Fell, Great Gable and Glaramara. In front is Yewbarrow. Left click to enlarge, click again to return.

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The clouds are starting to shift as now Lingmell summit can be seen, and Slight Side summit to the right of Scafell.

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Sun on Yewbarrow.

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We follow the track that leads down in the direction of Seatallan. Haycock ahead.

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The sun shining through the black clouds make the view very atmospheric

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Seatallan on the left.

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Greendale Tarn comes into view.

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We veer off on the higher track towards it.

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Photo from our lunch spot. John once more provides the sandwiches and coffee. He has also bought me a collapsible coffee cup, which will come in handy for future ventures! I christen it today!

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We choose the boggy west side to walk beside rather than the east higher rocky path. It was squelchy but easy walking! Looking back up to our lunch spot.

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Where the tarn ends and Greendale Gill starts.

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I wait for a tarn in sunshine shot.

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We find a place to cross the gill. View back.

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We follow the gill back down.

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The water is a torrent due to the recent rains.

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The lower we go the warmer it gets, so coats off again.

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Waterfall from the slopes of Buckbarrow joining Greendale Gill.

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Back at the spot where we took the grass path up to Middle Fell.

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John strikes a pose!

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The clouds had finally risen off Lingmell, Scafell Pike and Scafell. A great view of the route up Scafell that Ged and I did a few weeks ago, straight up the front!

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Rowan tree with red berries.

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Blue skies above Lingmell, Scafell Pike and Scafell.

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We drive to The Strands Inn at Nether Wasdale for a coffee. We sit in the beer garden where the sunshine was lovely and warm. John rewards himself with chips!

The four mile walk had taken us just over four hours, but that included lunch and other stops. Thankfully there was no more rain, despite the black clouds that kept going overhead.

Jo.

 

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