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Wednesday 26th May 2010

Start point: Greendale (NY 144 056)

Greendale - Middle Fell - Greendale Tarn - Seatallan - Cat Bields - Glade How - Buckbarrow - Joss Naylor Cairn - Greendale

Distance: 6 miles     Total Ascent: 785 metres     Time Taken: 5 hours 30 minutes     Start Time: 10:15

Weather: Generally overcast, some sunny spell and showers. 13oC

Route Map

Today was the day of the StridingEdge.net summer 2010 walk around Greendale. I chose a date earlier than usual to try and capture some 'guaranteed' decent weather for it, however that didn't quite materialise! That aside, it was an enjoyable walk with great company and it was good to be able to chat to followers of the site. Up on Buckbarrow, the icing on the cake was bumping into the legendary Joss Naylor who was taking his dogs for a stroll!

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Reflected giants.

Buckbarrow from the start of the climb to Middle Fell.

Onward and upward for the group.

Buckbarrow from Middle Fell.

The summit of Middle Fell.

The massed ranks of the StridingEdge walking party on Middle Fell. There are at least one and a half dogs missing in this photo!

The weather rapidly closed in whilst we were on Middle Fell with Seatallan up to the left now covered by cloud. Here, Casper leads the way.

Greendale Tarn...

...a suitable place for a lunch stop.

After lunch, it was onwards once more to Seatallan.

Yewbarrow and The Scafells from the climb.

No, it's definitely not that way.

The only glimpse of Great Gable and Kirk Fell today.

It is a steep climb to Seatallan.

Haycock and Scoat Fell from the northern end of Seatallan.

Casper and Dougal have a rest. Who are all those people? wonders Dougal.

The Scafells were in and out of the clouds.

Heading to the cairn on Cat Bields from Seatallan.

Cat Bields. It was around this time we had a shower and heard the thunder rumbling. Later it was reported that four walkers had been struck by lightning further north in Buttermere and in Borrowdale.

Sunshine on Glade How looking back to Cat Bields.

On the summit of Buckbarrow we bumped into the legendary fell runner Joss Naylor who stopped for a chat. I asked him about the nearby cairn that has become known as the 'Joss Naylor Cairn' and he told me that it was on the site of an ancient cairn and there was reputedly a body beneath!

Portrait of a legend.

The Joss Naylor Cairn looking to Middle Fell.

Looking the other way to Wast Water.

Heading back to Greendale.

Wast Water and The Screes.

A panoramic view of Wast Water and the Screes. Select on the image to see a larger version.

Greendale Gill. The path used to climb Middle Fell earlier is clear to see from here.

Greendale Gill from further down.

Casper and Dougal get a well earned drink in Greendale Gill, Middle Fell behind.
We got a well earned drink in The Screes (the pub not the rock formation!).

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