Middle Fell in Snow and Candlemas

Name of walk Middle Fell in Snow and Candlemas
Date of walk 2015-02-02
Distance walked (miles) 5
Duration of walk 3 hours 40 minutes
Weather Snow, clear and cold!
Peaks on walk Middle Fell
Walked with Ged and blind Kas
Parking Greendale roadside

On Monday Ged and I had planned to do Grike and Crag Fell, but the Cold Fell road was closed so we went to plan B, Middle Fell from Greendale. If Wasdale turned out to be inaccessible plan C was Muncaster Fell from the main road. Thankfully there was only a small section of ice on the road towards Wasdale which was passable with care, so Middle Fell it was. I had to be back home by 4.30pm as I was due to be bell ringing for the Candlemas service this evening, so we were time limited.

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We parked at Greendale and headed on up the hill.

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View down to Greendale, Wast Water and the screes.

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Looking up Greendale Gill as we turn off to head up the fell.

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View over to Seatallan.

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View back to Buckbarrow.

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We trudge on up.

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The snow is getting deeper.

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Kas heads towards the summit.

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A wonderful view out to Lingmell, Scafell Pike and Scafell.

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Kas on the summit and a view down to Wast Water.

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Ged and Kas survey the views.

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Looking over to the screes.

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Kas and me on Middle Fell summit cairn.

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Yewbarrow with Kirk Fell and Great Gable peeking out behind it.

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Red Pike in the centre.

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The route ahead with Seatallan on the left and Haycock and Scoat Fell on the right.

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Kas leads the way.

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We head to the edge for a view down to Greendale Tarn. No way down from here.

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Haycock, Scoat Fell and Red Pike.

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It is a slippery route so Microspikes are essential.

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We are heading for the large rock grouping on the right, our usual lunch spot.

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A very brief stop for lunch and a hot drink. It is about -3C, but far colder with the windchill. My hands start burning very quickly once my gloves are off.

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Blue skies starting to appear in the east.

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Heading for the tarn. Which is easier said than done, as below the snow it is very boggy, and sometimes the snow comes up to your knees.

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Finally we make it to the tarn.

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We skirt the edge.

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Frozen vegetation.

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Looking back to our route down.

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We have to cross the gill, which is not easy to do over icy rocks even with microspikes.

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Deformed icicles.

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The way down to access the Greendale Gill path is solid sheet ice on a steep slope, so we change our minds and take an off-piste route across the side of the fell that should eventually rejoin the path we came up.

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Back on the main path heading down to Greendale.

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The walk was under 5 miles and took us three hours and forty minutes. On the way back we stopped off to take a photo of Yewbarrow, Kirk Fell, Great Gable, Lingmell, Scafell Pike, Scafell and the screes.

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St. James The Great Church in Barrow. We were ringing the bells at 6pm for the Candlemas Service.

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We make some noise for half an hour. A mixture of call changes and Grandsire Doubles. Alan, Rachel, Owen and Geoff.

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Owen, Jacqueline, Andy (Tower Captain) and Carl.

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The Candlemas procession with police escort, returns to the church for the service. A very cold night but no wind to blow out the torches.

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An excellent turn out!

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Robbie on the far right, one of our junior ringers.

A busy day!

Jo.

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