13th December 2009

Lonscale Fell and an unusual route to Skiddaw House


Walk Overview
Time 09.00 to 13.00
Duration 4 hr
Distance 7.8 mile
Ascent 1870 ft
Walking with On my own
Gale Road car park - Whit Beck - Lonscale Fell - Kitbain Gill - Jackson's Fold - Skiddaw House - Cumbria Way - Lonscale Crags - Whit Beck - Gale Road car park
Fells visited
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Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, at the top of Gale Road, Latrigg

This is a popular starting point for those wishing to take the so called tourist route up Skiddaw. Personally I feel that it offers far more choices than this. Not only is it handy for Skiddaw itself, but the adjoining fells are all within easy reach. If this isn't enough choice then you could also head onto Blencathra, Mungrisedale Common or the more adventurous could even head as far as the Back O'skiddaw fells.

The car park is free, but most of the time it does get pretty full.

A word of warning: This is somewhere to avoid during icy conditions. Those who have experienced this will know why!


Route Map

There was still a decent frost in the valleys this morning, but sadly, the sunny days you usually get after a frost didn't materialise today. Never mind; it was dry, the cloud was above the fells, and I only met two other people while I was out.

The first part of the walk followed the track around the southern side of Lonsacle Fell, and so far the going had been easy. That was until, , ,

, , it was time to start the steep climb up to Lonscale Fell.

The view back down.

A wider view southwards.

Looking across to Blencathra and Mungrisdale Common.

A close up of Thirlmere, nicely flanked by silhouetted fells.

Lonscale Fell summit with the Skiddaw fells behind.

And now looking towards, Great Calva, Knott, High Pike and Carrock Fell.

Blencathra and Mungrisdale Common taken from my off path route down to, , , ,

, , , Jackson's Fold.

Standing next to Skiddaw House and looking to Carrock Fell.

Skiddaw House.

Blencathra and Mungrisdale Common taken from the same place as the previous picture.

One of about half a dozen ruins found just above the path leading to Lonscale Crags.

Mungrisdale Common.

A close up of High Rigg, St John's in the Vale (left) and Dale Bottom (right), and of course Helvellyn up on the left hand side of the picture.

And not so close up.

Looking back along the path by Lonscale Crags.

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Lake District Walks