|We started from Greendale,
about half way along the northern side of Wastwater between
Buckbarrow, in the background, and Middle Fell, our first objective.
|The view from the
top of Middle Fell over the lake and Yewbarrow, in the foreground,
towards the high fells in the distance. Kirk Fell is on the left,
then Great Gable, then the Scafell massif.
Middle Fell you drop down north onto a col and then climb to the top of
Seatallan, where Sophie is seen in her usual pose. The summit is
featureless except fot this large cairn and an OS trig point - but we
will remember it as our 200th Wainwright!
same view as from the top of Middle fell - but we are a bit further
away this time.
||It's not surprising that
people first thought that Scafell (on the right) was higher than
Scafell Pike, on the left...
is now up there in the distance, and we are on the top of Buckbarrow,
which overlooks Wastwater behind us.
|As AW suggests, the best
views from Buckbarrow are certainly not from the cairn, nor from the
highest crags. You need to drop down to the next layer of crag,
which juts out more into the lake, and this is what you see.
quite a lot more, on the other side of the lake.
needed to get off Buckbarrow, which was easier said than done.
There is no path on the OS map, but Stuart Marshall says you just track
over to the gill and follow it down. He didn't mention that there
are two gills, and we took the first one, which proved quite painful,
since the path degenerated into a mixture of bracken and very sharp
gorse. On quite a slope, as you can see. However, having
ploughed across to the wood on the right, we found the other gill - and
a nice, wide track through the gorse.
end of Wasdale is a lovely mixture of farm-land and woods.
|From where you can look up
to the high fells beyond Wastwater.
at Buckbarrow and Middle Fell.
|This is Lund Bridge, over
the River Irt which flows out of Wastwater.
|Soon after the
bridge you start a serious climb up Greathall Gill, where most people
pause quite frequently to gaze at this view.
|Or this one,
towards the sea.
The paraglider accompanied us the whole time we were on this side of the lake. Now, if I were a little younger, that would be something to learn...
|The view from
the top of Whin Rigg, one of the two fell-tops of the Screes.
ridge along to Illgill Head
|Not an edge to
Over the other side of the lake you can easily trace our route this morning, from Greendale, the white house below the fells, up Middle Fell to the right, then across to Seatallan, then down back to Buckbarrow.
souls are known to have embarked upon the lakeside "walk" beneath the
Screes. This is not Buttermere, and the result is usually quite
unpleasant, with scree and boulders all over the place. Of
course, you can extract yourself by just climbing up to the top ridge -
here are some alternative routes...
|Not far back
from the edge is the summit of Illgill Head.
south-east, where you can see the tops of Harter Fell and Green Crag in
front of the Coniston ridge.
|On the way down from
Illgill Head. It's always nice to see your destination (in this
case, Ritson's Bar in the Wasdale Head Inn, to be precise).
only 2000 feet high, Yewbarrow is really quite an impressive fell,
isn't it? Something we were to appreciate at first hand the next
angle Scafell looks rather bland...
|Down in the
valley, looking up at Illgill Head.
people come to Wasdale Head: the route to the Scafell massif via Brown
the sun begins to fall.
And the beginning, for tomorrow, when we will be tackling the Mosedale Horseshoe.