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PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2013 2:48 am
by poppiesrara
Another beautiful day, and a short circuit of Greendale on the edges of the high Wasdale mountains.

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It’s a very good short climb through the bracken and then little outcrops to the top of Middle Fell, getting from valley level to nearly 2000ft quickly and with what seems little effort. Clear views from here to the much rockier and more daunting peaks north and east, and a charming hill all round.
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Seatallan from the ascent of Middle Fell

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Red Pike from Middle Fell

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Scafells & Wastwater

It’s one of the happier walking feelings to come across a decent path when you expect none – but that up the steep east face (probably quite awkward without the steps hewn into it) of Seatallan is one of those, clearly in view as you tiptoe gingerly across the broad quaking col. The summit is broad and pretty featureless, the descent down the south ridge even more so although the easiest of terrain.
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Middle Fell & Greendale Tarn

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Scoat Fell & Red Pike over Nether Beck

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Yewbarrow & Scafells

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Over Yewbarrow to Kirk Fell, Great Gable & Great End

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Haycock from Seatallan trig

Buckbarrow, with its several steep little summits and deep crags, is an abrupt contrast, halting the gentle descent which then steepens dramatically beside Gill Beck down to the roadside. Striking views in the afternoon sun of the Screes across Wastwater and the flatlands stretching to the Irish Sea.
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Wastwater Screes

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Middle Fell & Lingmell over crags on Buckbarrow

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Over Nether Wasdale to the sea

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Scafells & Wastwater

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Illgill Head

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Descending to Harrow Head & Tosh Tarn

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Whin Rigg

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Illgill Head

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Middle Fell

Finished the day with a quick walk up the tourist path to Gummer’s How above Windermere – a lovely (and very busy) little climb through the woods to a fine rocky viewpoint.
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Gummer's How ascent

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Gummer's How summit

Re: Seatallan

PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2013 6:55 pm
by ChrisW
You're a man of few words today P :lol: But a picture paints a thousand words (or so they say) and your pictures certainly do just that :clap: Such a beautiful area and so many great shots to choose from but Illgill Head with that road leading in from the left is just stunning :clap: You certainly got a good day weather wise over some interesting looking hills :D

Re: Seatallan

PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2013 7:41 pm
by poppiesrara
Cheers, Chris! - A pretty short report for a pretty short walk, I guess??! :) Not sure I can add too much to what most people already know of the main Lakes routes really...

It is an absolutely stunning area - I'd only 'seen' Wasdale in dark and fog before, but will be taking on the high peaks round there before too much longer, and this really whetted the appetite.

Re: Seatallan

PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2013 9:14 pm
by johnkaysleftleg
Did just about the same route Sunday just gone, cloud was about 600-700 meters however so didn't get the views you did. I'd agree about those 'steps' up Seatallan, certainly a godsend.