Western Lake District

Route: Middle Fell, Seatallan and Buckbarrow

Area: Western Lake District

Date of walk: 26th July 2014

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 6.7 miles

Weather: sunny and very hot, but also hazy with thin cloud

Another hot day was forecast – what a wonderful summer it’s been so far – so for the second day running I could safely leave fleeces and waterproof gear at home. I parked at Greendale, close to the shore of Wast Water, and fuelled by a flapjack and lucozade was soon climbing quickly up the slopes of Middle Fell. There were several false summits but luckily no-one else around to hear my curses

The view of the Scafells from Middle Fell was superb, though it was very hazy and not a good day for photography. I then made my way across to Seatallan, the last section of which involved a relentlessly steep staircase up its grassy slopes

The final fell, Buckbarrow, was attained by descent rather than ascent – an easy stroll down the grassy flanks of Seatallan

I descended Buckbarrow via a narrow path alongside Gill Beck but as with yesterday’s walk it seemed to get hotter and hotter and the final section back to the car, easy in normal conditions, was quite hard in the scorching heat. It had been an enjoyable walk, made memorable by the views of the Scafells and the Wasdale Screes

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