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GREENDALE 3 PEAKS - WASTWATER

GREENDALE 3 PEAKS - WASTWATER


Postby susanmyatt » Fri Apr 08, 2011 3:03 pm

Wainwrights included on this walk: Buckbarrow, Middle Fell, Seatallan

Hewitts included on this walk: Seatallan

Date walked: 02/04/2011

Time taken: 6

Distance: 9.1 km

Ascent: 752m

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We were parked up at Greendale and were ready for walking at 8.00am, not a very nice morning with the rain and low cloud but off we set straight up Middle Fell.
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Gloomy Wastwater
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Middle Fell
We followed the Greendale Tarn path but we left this and headed upwards
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Route takes a right
It was hard going with the rain and now as we climbed the wind was getting up, also the mist was getting worse so the camera stayed in the bag until we reached the summit at 582m
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Middle Fell summit
The ground was waterlogged after seriously heavy overnight rain and poor weather the week before, this made it hard going as we sunk into the ground. We were soon descending down off the fell to the level of Greendale Tarn.
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View back up Middle Fell
Visibility was still poor which was a good job as we set off up the steep ascent to Seatallan we couldn't see the top.
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Steeper than it looks
It started steep and got worse as the soggy grass changed to scree and boulders, on a good note the mist kept clearing and giving us some views.
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Looking down to the tarn
We even got our first view of Yewbarrow
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Yewbarrow
Once past the boulder field we crested the flat summit and headed for the trig and shelter atop Seatallan, at 692m
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Seatallan summit at 692m
It was trying its best to clear but we didn't hang around as it was still blowy and a bit chilly as we set off across Nether Wasdale Common, still treading water but downwards now to Cat Bields.
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Back to Seatallan
We went in a straight line until we reached this cairn and turned left, still boggy
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Much brighter now
It was now that we met our first fellow walker, obviously waited for the sun to come up :lol: It was getting warmer and visibility was quite good now as we headed for Glade How and then Buckbarrow
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Glade How
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Buckbarrow summit at 423m
Suddenly there were people everywhere in the warm sun wondering why we were wrapped up and looking bedraggled :lol: We went left to the descent back into the valley passing Jos Naylor's cairn as we dropped onto the path that would see us back at Greendale Hamlet, what we now had were views to die for :D
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Back to Seatallan
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The Scafells
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Middle Fell
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The screes
The screes looked magnificent and reminded us of when we trekked along them, without injury :lol:
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Wastwater
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Cloud free
We could see our route up Middle Fell
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Middle Fell
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Last sitdown with beck behind
It remained for one last look back to Buckbarrow
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Buckbarrow
It was a good walk that started grimly but finished in fantastic weather and we really enjoyed it :D
Last edited by susanmyatt on Fri Apr 08, 2011 3:18 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: GREENDALE 3 PEAKS - WASTWATER

Postby yokehead » Fri Apr 08, 2011 3:16 pm

Great stuff, and what an amazing change in the weather. Looks like you were in danger of getting a suntan at the end! :D
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Re: GREENDALE 3 PEAKS - WASTWATER

Postby ChrisW » Fri Apr 08, 2011 4:47 pm

Great report, lovely piccys; hard to believe it was the same day....but then that's the hills for you :roll:
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Re: GREENDALE 3 PEAKS - WASTWATER

Postby PauloUK77 » Fri Apr 08, 2011 6:13 pm

Good to see the weather cleared up for you, its been lovely down here in Lincolnshire today.Cleethorpes beach was like being at the Med. :lol:
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Re: GREENDALE 3 PEAKS - WASTWATER

Postby susanmyatt » Sat Apr 09, 2011 6:31 am

It was glorious Friday in the Lakes, sadly we weren't walking that day :lol:
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Re: GREENDALE 3 PEAKS - WASTWATER

Postby canisp » Sat Apr 09, 2011 11:04 am

Glad the weather cleared up for you. I always welcome the odd shower early in the day, it clears the air which is good for photography as your later photos show, good colours and crisp, the Isle of Man clearly visible in your Glade How shot.

susanmyatt wrote:……descent back into the valley passing Jos Naylor's cairn……

I saw a tall slender cairn as i descended into the valley and always wondered what it commemorated as there was no plaque or marker on it, a mystery solved :D
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Re: GREENDALE 3 PEAKS - WASTWATER

Postby susanmyatt » Sat Apr 09, 2011 2:55 pm

Yes, Jos built it himself, he lived or lives in the valley and some of the very thick dry stone walls are his handywork :D
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