29th August 2010

Skiddaw House from Threlkeld


Walk Overview
Time 11.30 to 16.15
Duration 4 hr 45 min
Distance 10.6 mile
Ascent 1800 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Threlkeld - High Row Farm - Blencathra Centre - ford over Roughton Gill - Guide Stone - Skiddaw House - Guide Stone - Lonscale Crags - Gale Road car park - Brundholme - Wescoe - Threlkeld
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside, Threlkeld village

Threlkeld offers lots of roadside parking. If you should decide to park in the centre of the village instead of using one of the car parks, it really is a case of just turning up and finding a convenient spot.


Route Map

It was blowing a gale today and it was also forecast to be much brighter in the afternoon, so we had a later start than we'd normally have. Given the strong wind, I left Jennifer in charge of deciding where to walk. Her 'spec' for the walk was "something a nice long walk, I don't mind not going onto the fell tops, what about Skiddaw House and it's been ages since we walked from Threlkeld". Well that sort of decides where we're going.

Walking past High Row Farm.

Just past the Blencathra Centre and looking over Latrigg to Derwent Water and the north western fells.

Lonscale Fell.

There's lots of countryside in this picture before it gives way to the fells again. On the left are the eastern fells, on the right are the central fells and separating the scene is High Rigg and Tewet Tarn.

A little further along the track above Glenderatarra Beck. The pointed fell in the distance is Great Calva.

Roughton Gill.

Looking across to the fellside on the other side of Glenderaterra Beck, intriguingly called Burnt Horse.

It was here that I found some evidence that the footpath was being repaired after being damaged in last years floods.

I'm not talking about the digger, there was a sign on the fence explaining what was going on.

The back side of Blencathra, seen just before we joined up with the Cumbria Way track leading to Skiddaw House.

And there it is; Skiddaw House.

I thought the risk of attack from raiders had ended centuries ago in this area. Judging by these new defences outside Skiddaw House, these guys must know something I don't or they're still taking no chances.

Skiddaw House.

Lunch with a view across towards Carrock Fell.


Walking along the narrow path through Lonscale Crags.

So much for the bright sunny afternoon.

Looking across / up to the so called tourist route up Skiddaw.

A view across to the eastern fells from the track near Whit Beck.

Blease Fell seen from the grassy eastern route off Latrigg (we didn't go to the top of Latrigg today). The red dots show the route we took earlier in the walk.

Looking up to the Blencathra and Blease Fell.

Lonscale Fell.

This is more like it; a bit of sunshine on route to Wesco.

Not long after taking the previous picture, I took this photo of Clough Head and the eastern fells.

Wesco Farm in front of Lonscale Fell.

Back in Threlkeld where for last couple of hundred yards it rained.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks