Buckbarrow and Seatallan

Name of walk Buckbarrow and Seatallan
Date of walk 2021-09-03

On Friday Ged and I drove to just east of Harrow Head to walk up to Buckbarrow and Seatallan, parking in a small off road space amongst the bracken. On our return to Buckbarrow we would walk the entire length of its precipitous edge. The walk was 7.5 miles and took just under six hours. 

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We walk back to our starting point alongside the wall.

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View of Buckbarrow.

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Gill Beck.

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Gill Beck waterfall.

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View down to where I parked (left) and Tosh tarn.

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View of Wastwater.

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Sheep fold.

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View to the Scafells in cloud.

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We will be returning here on our way back when the weather will be better so we head for the summit.

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Wasdale Screes behind the sheep.

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Buckbarrow summit is not near the edge. We now take the path up to Seatallan, which is still in cloud.

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Glade How summit cairn.

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Cat Bields summit cairn.

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The cloud is starting to lift off the summit of Seatallan.

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By the time we get to the summit it is clear, but there are no views to anywhere else.

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Haycock is beneath the cloud.

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We have a break in the summit shelter.

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We take the left path down. This will take us to within sight of Joss Naylor's cairn and then the far end of Buckbarrow so we can skirt the whole of its edges. On the right is Glade How and Cat Bields.

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The cloud is beginning to lift and we can see some of the summits.

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A view down on Greendale tarn with Middle Fell behind it.

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With the naked eye Joss Naylor's cairn is easily seen, we continue down the rough track then eventually head right over unpathed ground to reach the cairn. The grass is soft and not wet, so it was easy walking.

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At the cairn built by legendary fell runner Joss Naylor.

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View to the island at Wastwater. Lots of people down there, none up here!

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We stopped for lunch with a view down to Greendale and Joss Naylor's cottage.

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The summits of Scafell Pike and Scafell are still in cloud, but bits of blue sky are showing.

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Panorama from our lunch spot. Left click to enlarge, click again to return. Illgill Head and Whin Rigg on the other side of Wastwater.

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Looking left to Middle Fell.

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We begin to make our way along Buckbarrow's edge.

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It means a bit of up and down.

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Close up of Lingmell, Scafell Pike, Scafell and Slight Side.

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We work our way along the top of the gullies.

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Looking over at Ged ahead on the right, while I descended to get a side view.

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This is where he was standing in the previous photo.

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This is the view down.

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View back up to Ged on another descent.

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Getting back up again!

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We have now walked the whole of Buckbarrow edge. View back down to where we parked.

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A closer view of Tosh Tarn.

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We head down through the bracken.

Always a good walk and we were glad that the weather improved for our return to Buckbarrow.

Jo.

 

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