Buckbarrow, from near Greendale

The main slope of Buckbarrow, pictured from near Greendale

Height: 1410 feet above sea level is Wainwright’s approximation; I think it’s probably an overestimate.

Buckbarrow 'viewpoint' summit

The ‘viewpoint’ summit of Buckbarrow

Volume: Book 7 (The Western Fells)

Date climbed: 20th August 2012 (walk 62)

Bagged as number:  197 of 330. [ << Birkhouse Moor (196)  (198) Seatallan >> ]

Route of ascent and descent: Approached from the side, from the lane that comes over from Gosforth. Left on the climb up to Seatallan.

Buckbarrow from the west

Buckbarrow from the west.

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 4 of his chapter): “It happens frequently that a view from a point below the top of a fell is more attractive than that from the summit, but only rarely that it is more extensive. On Buckbarrow, the best view is obtained from the end of the rocky spur prominently seen in the ascent, this being much finer than that from the summit and actually covering a wider range, Nothing more can be seen from the summit, and a good deal less…. The Screes are directly opposite, Wastwater is seen full length and the head of the valley is magnificently closed in by the Scafells.”

Buckbarrow's true summit

Buckbarrow’s true summit cairn.

What I say: Looking at it on the map in Wainwright, and on the OS map, it would seem that this has a good case to be dismissed as a fell that shouldn’t really be a separate top. However, Buckbarrow does have a strong character of its own, with a fiercely craggy frontage and a couple of cute tops with good views of Wast Water and the hinterland over to the coast. It’s a far more interesting place than Seatallan above so, yes, in the end I will give this one its due as a fell in its own right.

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