Walk                 : Middle Fell from Greendale

                        Date                 : 15th  Febrauary 2016

                        Weather           : Brilliant sunshine, cloudless but freezing cold

                        Route Details    : From Greendale via the South ridge

                        Distance           : @ 3 miles

 

                             Click here to see which part of Lakeland this walk is situated ….

 

                        Overview

                        As ever a combination of that dirty 4 letter word called work and the disastrous amount of rainfall that the area has received

                                    since the turn of the year, meant that this (shamefully) was my first outing on the fells since the end of last year. The weather

                                    was forecast dry and fine and was spot on accurate and having just got over a bout of the lurgy I decided that a visit to Wasdale

                                    and at 1900 and odd feet the comparative little tiddler in an area of giants was just the job to get the fell legs going again.

 

                                    A 3d view of the walk

             

 

 

 

The classic view as I approach Greendale from the lake road

 

 

Follow the Lake road and take a left turn that is sign posted for Greendale approximately half way down. At the end of

the road there is a row of houses with ample free parking space on a grass verge

 

 

The object of today’s walk, Middle Fell showing the South ridge which I will be following

 

 

From the parking area the grass path heads off parallel with Greendale Gill

 

 

Given that I did see a brass monkey in search of a Welder you could be forgiven for thinking that this was high summer ….

I can assure you it wasn’t. Here looking back to Wast Water and The Screes

 

 

Keep following the grass track till it eventually turns in to a stone path. At this point branch off right and follow the track

as it climbs steeply initially. The stone path runs parallel with the Gill and can be used to get to Greendale Tarn

 

 

Looking back from further on up the path across Wast Water to Illgill Head and the Screes

 

 

The path swings right to get on the South Ridge proper. There’s a fair bit of quite steep walking ahead but other than that

the path is easy to follow.

 

 

Looking back down the Wasdale valley and the coast line. Across Greendale Gill, the lower slopes of Buckbarrow

 

 

Buckbarrow

 

 

Further up the ridge now and Seatallan (left) and Haycock (right) come into view

 

 

The ridge passes quite easily through a craggy area – here a first glimpse of the Scafell’s – the summit here is about 10 minutes away

 

 

The summit of Middle Fell – absolutely stunning

 

 

It was absolutely freezing on top

 

Click here for a 360 degree view from the summit … https://youtu.be/ejNHDZqWlEc

 

 

  

 

I had the great pleasure of chatting for some while with this chap and his companion Holly. He was a veteran fell runner just recovering from an

injury and taking the time out to enjoy the scenery at a more sedate pace. He told me a story about the great Jos Naylor .. a fell running legend

in these parts who is still running at the age of 80. Apparently at the age of 70 he went to his doctors complaining about painful knees and upon

examination the doctor advised that his cartilages had worn away and he should stop Fell running. Jos advised him that he had had both cartilages

taken out 20 years previously – so since then he has never been back to the quacks and just carries on regardless !!!!

 

 

A close up of the nearby Yewbarrow with Great Gable in the background

 

 

A close up of Mickledore separating the two Scafells

 

 

Looking down the length of Wast Water with Illgill Head and Whin Rigg towering above

 

 

Looking west out to the Irish Sea

 

 

Great Gable

 

 

Back down at the Wasdale Head Inn and I can thoroughly recommend the Wasdale Gold

 

 

A lingering look back at dusk across Wast Water at the end of another spankingly good day out in Lakeland

 

 

 

 

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