May Day Weekend – Buckbarrow   12 comments

A very short post from the final day of our excellent weekend. Takes a while to eat breakfast and pack down the trailer so no time for a full day walk. No problem, as the delight of this campsite is plenty of high quality short walks on the doorstep.


Today it was Buckbarrow, the prominent rocky summit at the back of the site. A very nice stroll over the fields leads to the base in 20 minutes and then a short but very steep climb (with the odd rest) has you on the summit rocks.


The views across the lower reaches of Wasdale open out as you climb (the campsite is centre right in the photo below).


There are plenty of rocky outcrops to tempt the scrambler. This rather greasy looking ramp looked beyond my skills but in fact turned out to be much easier than it looked.


I picked my own route on the less dramatic outcrops.


Its a cracking spot to look across Wast Water at Illgill Head and the screes.


And across the lake to the Scafell Pike and Scafell range.


We had another long stop on the top to enjoy lunch followed by a very brisk walk down so we could hit the cafe in Seascale for another huge ice cream based evening meal! Who says you shouldn’t finish the day with waffles and ice cream. Great end to a classic weekend packed with quality walks and good company.


12 responses to “May Day Weekend – Buckbarrow

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  1. Always a classic that walk. A great way to finish a highly enjoyable weekend.


  2. Great little excursion, no opportunity wasted however short. I’d completely forgotten what Buckbarrow was like, good memories now.


    • Its a lovely spot although calling it a summit maybe a little ambitious! 🙂 More an outcrop of Seatallan. It would be a cracking spot for a wild camp among the crags overlooking the lake.


  3. Such a good area for views. I think Middle Fell just about beats Buckbarrow for me but a fine little walk and Joss Naylor’s cairn is just a short stroll away as well


  4. A great outing.


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