Greendale and Middle Fell walk

Greendale, Cumbria, nearest postcode CA20 1EU

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The perfect view © Steve Jolley

The perfect view

Greendale Tarn © Steve Jolley

Greendale Tarn

Middle Fell © Steve Jolley

Middle Fell

Route overview

This walk helps you to discover the quieter side of the Western Fells. It has a hidden mountain tarn, superb views over the Wasdale screes and the Western Fells. If visibility is good, the Isle of Man can be seen rising up like Avalon out of the Irish Sea.

Route details

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Start: Greendale, grid ref: NY144056

  1. Starting from the parking on the grassy roadside at Greendale Cottages, follow the path north, uphill and through the bracken. After a third of a mile you will reach the grassy viewing area. Continue walking north up the path.

    Show/HideThe perfect view

    Barely ten minutes walk from the roadside, yet the reward is a complete view of the stunning Wasdale Screes and Wastwater - England's deepest lake. Perfect for a picnic or a photo.

    The perfect view © Steve Jolley
  2. At a path junction at NY143061 (700yds/650m from the start), follow the left-hand terraced path, keeping the Gill and its pools immediately to your left. Walk for a further half a mile (0.8km).

  3. Where two streams meet at NY143064, keep ascending on the path on the right-hand side of the Gill, past the rock pools. The path continues gently upwards (crossing some wet ground) for just over half a mile (0.9km), until you arrive at Greendale Tarn.

    Show/HideGreendale Tarn

    Greendale Tarn sits in a hollow so pronounced that it looks like the stream is flowing the wrong way. The Tarn provides a quiet spot with a mountain backdrop: perfect for cooling hot feet.

    Greendale Tarn © Steve Jolley
  4. Follow the narrow path along the east side (right-hand side) of Greendale Tarn, heading north for half a mile (0.8km) until you reach the path among the rocky outcrops at the head of Greendale Valley at NY149079.

  5. From here follow the grassy path uphill south-east for 350yds (321m) and then south for half a mile (0.8km), until you reach the summit of Middle Fell.

    Show/HideMiddle Fell

    The summit of Middle Fell provides the perfect alternative view of Wasdale, with its impressive screes and lake. The Scafell range can be seen to the east at the head of the valley. On warm, still days look out for the rare mountain ringlet butterfly along the hilltop.

    Middle Fell © Steve Jolley
  6. The path descends gently south-southwest for 530yds (480m), then descends more steeply zig zagging through the small outcrops of rock for half a mile (0.8km). You will arrive at the path junction from direction point 2 at NY143 061.

  7. Descend south, back to the start of the walk for around 700yds (650m).

End: Greendale, grid ref: NY144056

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  • Trail: Walking
  • Grade: Moderate
  • Distance: 3.5 miles (5.6km)
  • Time: 3 hours
  • OS Map: Explorer OL6 (English Lakes, SW area)
  • Terrain:

    Adequate parking at the start of the walk for 10 cars. The walk rises up to 1870ft (570m) in height over moderately rough paths, with some steep ascents and descents in places. Good walking boots and waterproofs are advisable along with a map and compass. Dogs welcome but must be kept under control.

  • How to get here:

    By train: Seascale station 7 miles (11km) from Greendale. No public transport links from here to Wasdale but you can arrange to take bicycles on the train

    By car: From A595, take turn for Gosforth and follow signs for Nether Wasdale. Go through Nether Wasdale to Wastwater lake shore, then take first left. Parking is on grassy area next to first building you arrive at (0.4 miles /0.8km from the lake)


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