Glade How

Height: 433 metres / 1420 feet Grid reference: NY 13377 06400

Red Pike from the summit of Glade How

Red Pike from the summit of Glade How

Blengdale Horseshoe

Start Point: Greendale (NY 144 056)

Greendale – Blengdale Forest – Sampson’s Bratfull – Stockdale Moor – Caw FellLittle Gowder CragHaycock – Pots of Ashness – Seatallan – Cat Bields – Glade HowBuckbarrow – Greendale

Distance: 13 miles     Total Ascent: 1067 metres     Time Taken: 6 hours 30 minutes     Start Time: 09:30

Weather: Sunny spells, 8°C

I knew this would be a long one today so hopefully I would time it right to use the daylight to best advantage. The going over Stockdale Moor is a bit of a trudge to say the least and it seems to go on forever – the highlight was coming over Seatallan to the sunset, it was just fantastic. This route will feature in a future edition of Trail magazine.

Blengdale Horseshoe

Greendale Round

Start point: Greendale (NY 144 056)

Greendale – Middle Fell – Greendale Tarn – Seatallan – Cat Bields Glade How BuckbarrowJoss Naylor Cairn – Greendale

Distance: 6 miles     Total Ascent: 785 metres     Time Taken: 4 hours     Start Time: 10:00

Weather: Sunny and warm. 20oC

It was a fantastic return to summer weather today with sunshine, blue skies and with the added bonus of being unexpectedly warm. Today I joined up with Skip, Smoky and fell running legend Joss Naylor for a memorable walk around Greendale.

Greendale Round

Start point: Greendale (NY 144 056)

Greendale – Middle Fell – Greendale Tarn – Seatallan – Cat Bields Glade HowBuckbarrowJoss 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. 13C

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!     

Buckbarrow

Start point: Greendale (NY 144 056)

Greendale – Greendale Gill – Glade How Buckbarrow – Gill Beck- Greendale

Distance: 2.9 miles     Total Ascent: 370 metres     Time Taken: 1 hour 30 minutes

Weather: Overcast with a strong wind. 13ºC

Today I had a short walk up to Buckbarrow from Greendale. It was quite warm and there was the occasional but brief sunny spell. The wind was really strong on the top and I could hardly hold the camera steady at times. Before the walk I got talking to Jos Naylor, the fell running legend (the ‘King of the Fells’) who lives in these parts. He has a working dog that is part Beardie, showing the widespread use of the breed in the Lake District as sheepdogs. It was fantastic to meet the great man so it was only fitting that I should visit his cairn today too. I think old Jos had his eye on Casper to use as a working dog on the fells…

Seatallan

Start point: Greendale (NY 144 056)

Greendale – Buckbarrow (79) – Glade How (80) – Cat Bields – Seatallan (81) – Greendale Tarn – Middle Fell (82) – Greendale

Weather: Mist and rain.

Today’s walk is to some of the unfashionable fells overlooking Wast Water; Buckbarrow, Seatallan and Middle Fell. When I completed this round last year, it was teeming with rain and I really wanted to do theses fells in nice, clear weather. However….

I parked at Greendale by the side of the road and followed the tarmac west to Harrow Head. The path to Buckbarrow isn’t obvious from the road; it is a grassy track between the wall and Gill Beck immediately before the road triangle at Harrow Head. If you walk slightly past Harrow Head and look over the wall, you will see the hidden Tosh Tarn.