Middle Fell, from Yewbarrow.

Height: 1908 feet above sea level.

Volume: Book 7 (The Western Fells)

Date climbed: 20th August 2012 (walk 62)

Bagged as number:  199 of 330. [ << Seatallan (198)   (200) Harter Fell (Eskdale) >> ]

Route of ascent and descent:  Approached from Seatallan. Descended to Greendale.

Middle Fell
Middle Fell, viewed from Haycock.

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 2 of his chapter): “Many of the lesser fells of Lakeland make up for their lack of height by an aggressive fierceness of expression that seems more appropriate to greater mountains and by an intimidating ruggedness and wildness of terrain that makes their ascent rather more formidable than their size and altitude would suggest. Middle Fell, overlooking Wastwater, comes into this category.”

The summit of Middle Fell
The summit of Middle Fell.

What I say: This was an improvement over Seatallan, the fell which preceded it on this walk, but not by a great deal I must admit: clouds obscured much (though not all) of the view, which Wainwright suggests is the best reason to climb it, and there are no other particular distinguishing features. I still had quite a long walk to go after completing the descent, too. Nothing to dislike about it but no particular reasons to be enthusiastic, either. Somewhere in the middle then – hence, perhaps, the name. (What is it in the middle of, anyway? Wasdale, probably.)

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