18th April 2014

A good Good Friday on Blencathra and Mungrisdale Common


Walk Overview
Time 07:45am to 12:15pm
Duration 4 hr 30 min
Distance 6.7 mile
Ascent 2100 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Blencathra Centre - Blease Fell - Knowe Crags - Gategill Fell - Blencathra - Atkinson Pike - Mungrisdale Common - Glenderterra - Blencathra Centre
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, behind the Blencathra Centre, Threlkeld

At almost 1000ft above sea level this is a popular starting point for those wishing for an easier ascent of Blencathra.
Parking is free, but it is quite a popular spot. If you find this car park full you'll need to back track to the car park a little further down the road or even in the village itself.


Weather Readings

The Gadget
All readings were taken using a Kestrel 2000 Weather Meter
Live temperature recorded at the time I press the hold key
Maximum Wind Speed Maximum wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location Average Wind Speed
Average wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location
Wind Chill
Combination of wind speed and temperature. The gadget does the calculations not me.

Route Map


Well, as far as bank holidays go this one has definitely gone against what you'd expect in the weather department. Normally we'd assume it wasn't going to be particularly good, but this is better than any of us could have hoped for. Last night I asked Jennifer where she wanted to walk today and Blencathra was the answer. Actually, the answer was Mungrisdale Common but it made sense to include Blencathra as well.

We set off today at almost 1,000 ft ASL so it wasn't very long until we were enjoying uninterrupted views across to the fells.


A close up of Keswick, Derwent Water and a selection of north western fells.


Looking over to Lonscale Fell.

There's lots to see from up here so to name just a few things you have Helvellyn on the left hand edge of the picture, Thirlmere and Tewet Tarn are visible on the left half of the photo and Derwent Water & Keswick are on the right.

On the zig zag part of the route.


We're more or less on the ridge now and from here you can look across the craggy face of the mountain.


A view down to Threlkeld.

We've now gained enough height and walked far enough to get a view across the expanse of moorland leading over Skiddaw. Skiddaw House is in the view but a bit bad to see in a photograph.

Looking back along the ridge path.

It's a long way down to Threlkeld from here.

Lonscale Fell, Skiddaw Little Man, Skiddaw, Bakestall, Binsey and Great Calva seen from the top of Blencathra.

Admiring the view from Blencathra summit.

From the summit we headed past the tarn to Atkinson Pike.

On route to the tarn we pass one of the crosses found on Blencathra. This one is gradually becoming overgrown and is easily missed by those that aren't aware it's here or the unobservant that do know about it.

It was a bit chilly first thing this morning but I didn't expect the tarn to have a thin coating of ice on it.

This is the other cross, difficult to miss and quite appropriate considering it's Good Friday.

A close up of Lonscale Fell (right), and in the distance are Barrow, Outerside, Sail, Eel Crag, Grasmoor and Grisedale Pike.

Now we head across to Mungrisdale Common, which, despite many people not particularly liking the place, we both rate this as one of our favourite place in the Lake District.

Mungrisdale Common cairn in front of Lonscale Fell and the Skiddaw Fells.

Turning round, we see High Pike, Carrock Fell and Bowscale Fell.

Zooming in on Skiddaw House.

Assuming it's a clear day and you're going the same way as we did today, navigation doesn't have to be a complicated affair around here, just head more or less in the direction of Lonscale Fell (the dark pointed bit). If you loose the path it doesn't matter as it's only a matter of time until you see and then reach the broad track running between Threlkeld and Skiddaw House.


Lunch with a view of Lonscale Fell.

and also Great Calva.

Roughten Gill

A view back along the track shows the pointed, heather clad Great Calva.

and a little further on, Lonscale Fell can slao be seen.

And that certainly was a good Good Friday. An excellent choice of walk and as for the weather, , , , well, I'm sure you noticed all the blue sky.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks