11th May 2010

Souther Fell from Scales


Walk Overview
Time 13.15 to 16.05
Duration 2 hr 50 min
Distance 6 mile
Ascent 1400 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Scales - road on east side of Souther Fell - Souther Fell - above Mousethwaite Comb - Scales
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside parking, Scales, Threlkeld

I'm sure anyone who has driven along this stretch of the A66 will have noticed the line of cars along both sides of the road. To hazard a guess, I'd say almost all of the occupants had headed out for a walk up Blencathra; and probably via Sharp Edge.

There is actually space for quite a few cars along here, but thoughtless parking often reduces the number of cars that can manage to get a spot. Parking is free, but it does fill up pretty fast, at all times of year.


Route Map

We were hoping to strike it lucky and end up in a sunny area today, but it was a bit like picking lottery numbers to be honest. Plenty to choose from, but not much chance of getting the right one. And with an uncertain forecast for sunny spells, with showers or longer spells of rain, it's no wonder we couldn't make our minds up where to walk. In the end there were certainly plenty of sunny spells which we managed to share and thankfully the rain never turned up at all.

The first half of the walk was done along this lovely country lane which runs between Scales and Mungrisdale. For anyone who wanted an enjoyable walk without the effort involved in ascending the fells, a walk along this road would definitely leave you feeling satisfied.

The little bridge over Comb Beck.

A view across to Clough Head and Great Dodd.

, , and now across to Great Mell Fell.


Southerfell Farm.

And again, from the other side of the farm buildings.


Just before reaching Mungrisdale we left the road and began our ascent of of Souther Fell.
Mmmm, hat, gloves and coat in the middle of May. I'm sure it should be a lot warmer than this.

A close up of Great Mell Fell.

Leaving Souther Fell summit.
The darker fell on the right is Blencathra.


Almost time to head down now, but first a picture looking back across Souther Fell.

A view down to Mousethwaite Comb.

Life on the edge !

Heading back down to Scales.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks