Walk up Middle Fell, Seatallan and Buckbarrow from Wastwater

By Dave Chick   

on November 24, 2018    No ratings yet.

Walk up Middle Fell, Seatallan and Buckbarrow from Wastwater

Further Details

Route Summary:

A trio of quieter fells north of Wast Water

This walk includes the 3 Wainwrights of Seatallan, Middle Fell, Buckbarrow

This walk includes the Hewitt of Seatallan

This walk includes the Nuttall of Seatallan

10.07 km 848 m 4 hours

Activivity Type: Moderate Walk

Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.

Summits and Places on this Route


The Strands Hotel and the Screes Inn at Nether Wasdale.


Remember that we cannot outline every single hazard on a walk – it’s up to you to be safe and competent. Read up on Mountain Safety , Navigation and what equipment you’ll need.

Parking : CA20 1EU


Public Transport:


Traveline for UK Public Transport

Recommended Maps


Walk up Middle Fell, Seatallan and Buckbarrow from Wastwater Ordnance Survey Map and GPX File Download

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Walk up Middle Fell, Seatallan and Buckbarrow from Wastwater

The Lake District Wainwright of Seatallan, along with it’s lower neighbouring Middle Fell and Buckbarrow, have the unfortunate task of persuading the walker to climb them rather than being drawn to the bright lights of Wasdale Head and all that mountainy goodness surrounding it. If you’ve got a half day left after climbing one of the big walks in the area such as Scafell Pike, Mosedale Horseshoe or Great Gable, then it comes highly recommended.

This circular walk starts from Buckbarrow near Nether Wasdale, a steady ascent bringing you first to the summit of Middle Fell. Lying directly across Wastwater to the Scafells, the views are worth the intial slog. A grassy ridge is then followed to bring you to the grassy lump that is Seatallan. There are still extensive views – but dominated by the summit’s grassy summit, an ideal location for a summer picnic.

The walk returns to the start with a descent over Buckbarrow, passing a tall upright cairn that was built by the legendary Joss Naylor. Visit Dave Chick’s website on the link below for full information on that, including meeting the man himself. Buckbarrow is more of a collection of knolls than a proper summit, though you’d think it was it’s own summit when viewed from below. It’s a fine viewpoint, if you can find the proper summit. A final descent returns you to the start, and with Nether Wasdale a few minutes down the road The Strands Hotel and the Screes Inn make a fine ending to the day!

Walk up Middle Fell, Seatallan and Buckbarrow from Wastwater Route Description

Click here to view the full description. Images and GPX files used with permission of the route author.


Dave is our Lake District local expert, often found in the depths of Cumbria he's the author of his own part on the web, All the Gear but no Idea.

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