Scafells from Middle Fell

Middle Fell

Western Lake District

Route: Middle Fell

Area: Western Lake District

Date of walk: 18th December 2019

Walkers: Andrew 

Distance: 4.2 miles

Ascent: 1,700 feet

Weather: gale force winds where exposed, mostly cloudy and overcast

It’s been almost two years since I last visited Middle Fell, which enjoys some of the best views of the Scafells. As on that occasion, I parked on the roadside verge just beyond the small hamlet of Greendale in Wasdale and followed the grassy path leading gently uphill. After a short distance I passed a fork in the path to the right, which would be my return route at the end of the walk

I continued to follow the path, which stays close the the bank of Greendale Gill. The gill tumbles down the fellside from Greendale Tarn in a succession of small cascades. The path is sometimes rocky, and sometimes disappears, but the way is never in doubt as long as the gill is kept on the left

Eventually I reached Greendale Tarn and followed a faint path around its right hand side. Beyond the tarn I continued climbing, and after a short distance I turned sharp right to climb up the ridge to the summit of Middle Fell. It was easy going all the way. A few patches of snow hid the path at times, but the way ahead was obvious. Once on the ridge, I was exposed to a fierce wind which brought me to a standstill once or twice. The summit was no place to linger, and after a couple of obligatory photos it was time to be heading down

I followed the easy path down the ridge, enjoying good views of the Wastwater Screes along the way. I made my way across to Greendale Gill, where I picked up my original ascent path and retraced my steps back to the start

The weather was a little disappointing, but it was still a superb short walk – one that seems much longer than it is, and which is ideal for anyone who visits Wasdale with insufficient time or energy to tackle one of the nearby giants

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