Middle Fell, Caw and Sampson's Bratfull.

Start. Greendale.

Route. Greendale - Middle Fell - Greendale Tarn - Winscale Hows - Pots of Ashness - High Pikehow - Haycock - Caw Fell - Stockdale Moor - Sampson's Bratfull - River Bleng - Blengdale Forest - Hollow Moor - Harrow Head Greendale.

Notes. Today saw me visit Wasdale with the intention of summiting Middle Fell, Haycock and Caw Fell, on my return route I hoped to find Sampson's Bratfull, soak up the wonderful views and go home with a camera full of pictures, well that was the plan, the summits I bagged the views about 30 feet, yes the cloud was down and refused to lift until I left the fell.

I parked next to the cottages at the mouth of Greendale, from where a path leads north into the hills, I followed this as it wound it's way into the mist to reach the rocky summit of Middle Fell, my descent was to the north across boggy ground to reach Winscale Hows then Pots of Ashness before attempting the steep ascent of Haycock. In thick mist I had the luxury of a wall to guide me west almost to the summit of Caw Fell, still heading west I crossed it's rocky summit ridge to descend into a desolate high valley. Stockdale once not so desolate, is littered with the remains of pre history, once the home of a thriving farming community, I was hunting for Sampson's Bratfull the remains of a burial cairn. After what seemed forever, wandering through tussock grass and sphagnum moss I crested Stackdale Moor to be greeted by one very large cairn, I guessed that was what I was looking for, further down the hill another from where I descended to the banks of the River Bleng, gingerly fording the river to enter a forestry plantation. Heading south along the edge of Blengdale Forest before swinging east above the mouth of the Wasdale Valley, after crossing a footbridge the path swung south to descend to the valley floor, I soon had tarmac under foot on the short walk back to Greendale.

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Stepping out of the car to be greated by views like this one.

A golden glow over Buckbarrow.

Ascending Middle Fell with magical views over Wastwater, the slopes of Illgill Head with the Scafell massif under cloud.

From the summit of Middle Fell, Wastwater between the slopes of Yewbarrow and Illgill Head.

Seen over Buckbarrow sunlight on the Cumbria Coastal Plane.

Greendale Tarn with views into the mouth of the Wasdale Valley.

It looks like the weather gods are out in force this morning, this will be the last view for quite some time, a moody Wasdale from near Pots of Ashness.

I've spent the last three miles trying my hardest not to get lost, summiting Haycock in grey emulsion, the long walk along the wall to Caw Fell was ok, Caw Fell not the place to be in the mist, very disorientating, it took ages to navigate across the summit ridge, when I stumbled out from under the cloud base I was greeted with views like this one, Swinston Knott seen from Stackdale Moor.

Looking to the dark ridge of Muncaster Fell with Black Combe towering behind.

One large burial cairn.

From the cairn on Stockdale Moor stunning views to Illgill Head above Wastwater.

Lank Rigg seen from Stockdale Moor.

Resting in the middle of a bog, Sampson's Bratfull an ancient Barrow with views to Ponsonby Fell. Legend tells us the stones were dropped by a giant as he crossed the moor.

Still under cloud Caw Fell seen over the green mound of Hause with Stockdale Moor to the left.

I've been walking through pine forests as I came to the end of the forest track I didn't expect views like this, Muncaster Fell across the fertile farmland at the mouth of the Wasdale Valley.

The Ravenglass Estuary and the Irish Sea.

Above Yew Tree Farm with views to Illgill Head and the Wasdale Screes.

Whin Rigg rising from Wasdale.

The Scafell massif.

A wonderful view into Wasdale taking in Sca Fell, in shadow the cliffs of Scafell Pike to the left Lingmell.

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