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~Blencathra & Skiddaw~

25th July 2009

I haven't spent much time in the "Northern Fells", so it does seem that when I do venture to this part of the Lakes, I tend to go on big walks. On this occasion I took the car to Threlkeld and was parked by 08:10....

Lonscale Skiddaw

Lonscale Pike to Skiddaw

Scroll down for photos and a description of the walk


Blencathra from the roadside


Gategill Mine

The walker is spoilt for choice when contemplating an ascent of Blencathra. I chose Hall's Ridge for my 3rd climb up this fell, I cannot recall which route I took last time, but on my first visit I went up Sharp Edge. I had a look up Gategill at the old mining area before joining the ridge a little higher up from the usual footpath.

Blencathra Mountain

Doddick Fell Ridge

Blencathra Hall's Ridge Moutain

Looking Down Hall's Fell Ridge

Looking Up Hall's Fell Ridge

Looking Up Hall's Fell Ridge

Blencathra Lake District Mountain

Me on top of Blencathra

The Summit of Mungrisdale Common

The Summit of Mungrisdale Common

I don't wish to bother with too much commentary with these photos, you can tell what the day was like and where I was going. Mungrisdale Common is a curious little mound and must be very pleased with itself to have been "Wainwrighted". From here it was down to The Stake and on to Burnt Horse Ridge for a steep ascent of Lonscale Fell.

Lonscale Fell from Mungrisdale Common

Lonscale Fell from Mungrisdale Common

Bird Mountain


Skiddaw Lesser Man

Skiddaw Lesser Man

Derwentwater Skiddaw

Derwentwater and many, many fells

Blencathra Skiddaw

Blencathra is seen beyond this post

Skiddaw Little Man and Derwentwater

Skiddaw Little Man and Derwentwater


The higher reaches of Skiddaw

The Summit of Skiddaw

The Summit of Skiddaw

Maybe I haven't been to the top of this mountain as many times as I should have in the 37 years since I gained my first LD felltop. This is my fourth time up here and today the views in all directions were fantastic.

Carl Side Skiddaw

Carl Side

Ullock Pike Skiddaw

Ullock Pike - my way down

Carl Side from Long Side

Carl Side from Long Side

Ullock Pike Bassenthwaite

Ullock Pike

Dodd Derwentwater

Dodd and Derwentwater

Bassenthwaite Lake

Bassenthwaite Lake and patchwork fields

Ullock Pike

Looking Back


Chapel Road Sign

The end of my walk and a wait for the bus. I made the mistake of walking into Bassenthwaite Village to look for a shop; there isn't one. The bus took me all the way back to Threlkeld and the car. A great facility enabling a fine linear walk.

Walkers: Just Me

Time taken: 8hr 30 minutes over a distance of just over 13 miles.

Route: Threlkeld, Blencathra (Hall's Ridge), Mungrisdale Common, Lonscale Pike, Skiddaw Little Man, Skiddaw, Carl Side, Long Side, Ullock Pike, road to Chapel bus stop at Bassenthwaite Village.

Weather and conditions: The photos say it all

Greetings Count: Medium, the "Old Crown Round" was in progress and Skiddaw attracts tourists as well as serious fellwalkers - whatever they are.

Richard's Refreshment Review: I travelled back down the M6 and had no refreshment stop, not good enough, sorry.

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