15th October 2011

Blencathra X 2, , , sort of


Walk Overview
Time 09.00 to 15.10
Duration 6 hr 10 min
Distance 10.4 mile
Ascent 3200 ft
Walking with Neil Haselwood
Mungrisdale - The Tongue - Bowscale Fell - Bannerdale Crags - Atkinson Pike - Blencathra - Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) - Blencathra - Scales Fell - Souther Fell - Mungrisdale
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Mungrisdale Village

Mungrisdale is without doubt a small place but it does still have a couple of different options for parking. Rather than list them separately, I've simply grouped them together as Mungrisedale Village. The map shows the various places on offer.


Route Map

What a lovely day and most welcome is was as well. I just wish we could strike some sort of happy medium with the weather. Anyway; today was nice and we were going to make the most of it.

By the way, that's me on the right and Neil on the left. I'm not sure what went wrong with the shadows, but it look like I need to loose some weight and Neil needs to put some on.

Ahead is Bannerdale Crags, we'll be going there later, but first we need to head up to The Tongue (up on our right hand side) and then Bowscale Fell.

This is the top of The Tongue and the high ground ahead is Bowscale Fell. It looks like easy walking between the two, however, in this case looks can be deceiving. Wet ground and grassy tussocks make this into a harder job than you'd expect it to be. No less enjoyable I should add, just harder.

Standing next to Bowscale Fell summit and looking across to High Pike and Carrock Fell.

A look back to Bowscale Fell.

and again, this time from the edge of the ridge. I say ridge, although a better description would be the rim of Bannerdale.

Blencathra seen from the bigger cairn found near the smaller cairn that marks the summit of Bannerdale Crags.
The other may be higher but this one has the better viewpoint, particularly looking in the opposite direction to this picture. I know some people find that the extra couple of feet make all the difference and they like to stand on the absolute highest ground. So, perhaps they should bring up a bulldozer to take a slice off the top and make this the true summit. On the other hand, , , , ,

From Bannerdale Crags we headed across to the watershed separating the River Glenderamackin and Blackhazel Beck.

The watershed.
The fell in the background is Bowscale Fell.

Walkers, standers and sitters on Sharp Edge.

We had intended to walk over Mungrisdale Common, but decided to leave it out when we thought about walking right along the Blencathra ridge (and back). On reflection, we would have had plenty of time to do both so I suppose this is the one that we let slip through our fingers.

X marks the spot.
If I'd remembered to bring a shovel I could have dug for the buried treasure. Maybe next time.

and a little further on, there's another white cross. This one is gradually becoming overgrown and will vanish altogether at some point in time. Hundreds of people must walk past this and never notice it's even there.

Blencathra summit.
Earlier in the walk we were talking about which way we wanted to go and decided to visit the summit and then do an out and back walk along the ridge as far as Blease Fell. For the sake of curiosity, I timed the walk and it took us 50 minutes to get there and back.

Hazy Lakeland.
That's Thirlmere in the middle of the photo.

A view back along the ridge to the summit.

A couple of feet lower and this guy can forget about sitting on a bike for the next couple of months.

Almost back at the summit again.
On the way along here we wondered how many people we could windup by telling them we'd climbed Blencathra twice on the same walk (which of course we hadn't). We could have argued that walking away from the top for 20 minutes and then back again counts as two climbs (which of course it doesn't). In the end we decided that some folk take it all to seriously so we kept our mouths shut.

Zigzagging down the Scales Fell ridge.
We had expected it to be really busy up here today. And although there did seem to be quite a lot of people making their way up via Sharp Edge, the summit and the other ridges were almost deserted; as this picture shows.

Passing by the rocky outcrops at the top of Doddick Fell.

A view back to the top.

Scales Tarn.

A view back to Blencathra, taken as we made our way up Souther Fell.

Walking across to Souther Fell. Easy walking and a nice add on to a walk up Blencathra or in our case today, an easy fell to finish on.

Souther Fell summit cairn in front of Bannerdale Crags and Blencathra.

"I say, I say, I say; when is a cairn not a cairn"
"I don't know, , , when is a cairn not a cairn"
"I wasn't starting to tell a joke, I just wondered if a stone on its own counted as a cairn or if there has to be more than one"

Ah well, it looks like the little green men have finally turned up in their space ships. That'll upset a few doubters !
Hopefully they're looking for intelligent life, in which case I've got nowt to worry about.

And a very brief, but pleasant walk along this minor road takes you back into Mungrisdale.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks