Image of walking

Walking

Greendale and Middle Fell walk

Walking

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.

Wastwater, with reflections from Middle Fell

Map

Map route for Greendale and Middle Fell walk

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.

Read more

2

At a path junction at NY143061 (700yd (650m) from the start), follow the left-hand terraced path, keeping the Gill and its pools immediately to your left. Walk for a further ½ 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 ½ mile (0.9km), until you arrive at Greendale Tarn.

Read more

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.

Read more

6

The path descends gently south-southwest for 530yd (480m), then descends more steeply zig-zagging through the small outcrops of rock for ½ 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 700yd (650m).

End:

Greendale, grid ref: NY144056

You made it

Following this trail on mobile or tablet? Share your experience.

Greendale and Middle Fell walk

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.

Greendale and Middle Fell walk

Contact us

Greendale and Middle Fell walk

How to get here

Address
Greendale, Cumbria, nearest postcode CA20 1EU
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 road

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).

Greendale and Middle Fell walk

Facilities and access

  • Dogs welcome but must be kept under control
  • Adequate parking at the start of the walk for 10 cars