Sunday, 2nd August 2009

 

Walk: Greendale, Middle Fell, Shooting How, Seatallan, Cat Bields, Buckbarrow, Gill Beck
Start Point: Grass verge at Greendale Grid Ref: NY 144 056
Distance: 7 miles Ascent: 2,700 feet
Weather: Warm to start and finish but a cold wind on the fell tops
Accompanied by:

Marie, Andrea, Gill and Shep

Comments: A dry day had been forecast but as we arrived at Greendale there seemed to be a rather cold breeze. Climbing the steep path to Middle Fell we were sheltered from the wind and the sun was out so it was quite hot. However, as we reached the summit cairn the wind had picked up and we needed an extra layer on. We made our way across the hause above Greendale Beck which was rather boggy (as expected). Rather than climbing straight up the side of Seatallan we made our way around the base and veered upwards shortly before reaching the path from Haycock. We had lunch in the shelter before continuing on the grassy path down to Cat Bields and on to Buckbarrow the cairn, not the pillar. We then descended towards Gill Beck and down to the road where we had nearly a mile to walk back to the car.

 

Scroll down to see photos of the walk

Preparing to start the walk . . .

 

which heads straight up the fell side . . .

 

giving good views back down the valley . . .

 

and Gill and Andrea pause to admire the scenery

 

Looking over Yewbarrow to Kirk fell on the left and Yewbarrow in mist

 

Wasdale Head catches a little sunshine

 

Wastwater and the Screes

 

Gill tries to keep Shep where he is for a photo . . .

 

whilst I take a rest on the cairn

 

The Scafells are attracting some cloud cover

 

Haycock stands out in the sun

 

Great Gable has finally emerged from the cloud

 

Shep joins me on Seatallan . . .

 

and even stays for a group photo

 

Buckbarrow . . .

 

the Scafells . . .

 

and zooming in on Great Gable

 

No Shep, Cat Bields isn't a Wainwright . . .

 

but Buckbarrow is

 

Zooming in on the 'roundup'

 

The 'after' photo!

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