This walk at the entrance to Wasdale takes us up Seatallan, one of the quieter fells in the area, via Buckbarrow, the dramatic crags that loom over the road into the valley. This can be a quiet area, although I reached the summit of Seatallan at the same time as hundreds of people doing a Mountain Marathon!
Length: 5.5 miles
Map: Lakes South West
Last Walked: July 2012
We start at the small parking area just to the east of the buildings at Greendale, on the northern side of the road.
At the top of Buckbarrow there are three main summits, two above the crags and a third a little further from the edge. Paths link all three, and all three are worth visiting, starting with the two nearer the edge. Our route onwards starts at the third and highest of these summits. A clear path heads north across the grassy slopes of Seatallan towards the rocky outcropping of Cat Bields, marked by a cairn.
There are now two possible routes. Our suggested route heads away from the paths at this stage, and requires good visibility. The alternative route is to retrace your steps to Cat Bields and Seatallan.
To follow our preferred route take a 90 degree right turn at the summit of Seatallan and head towards Middle Fell. Head in this direction until you reach the top of an area of steeper rocky ground.