26th May 2014

Quite a big milestone on Souther Fell


Walk Overview
Time 9:30 am to 12pm
Duration 2 hr 30 min
Distance 6.3 mile
Ascent 1300 ft
Walking with On my own
A66 - Scales - Mousthwaite Comb - Souther Fell - Hazelhurst - Far Souther Fell - Scales - A66
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


As I walk away from the car I take a look at Clough Head or rather the cloud moving across the summit area.

The road between Scales and Mungrisdale.


Time to ascend Mousthwaite Comb and in the process I'd gain a little height.

Looking back across the top of Mousthwaite Comb towards Blencathra.

I assume most areas managed to get at least a little bit of sunshine this morning. I certainly had my share, and even though they only came in slots of about 5 minutes, while they lasted it was very nice indeed.

This is Souther Fell's not at the summit cairn. Behind is Bowscale Fell.

And this time in front of Bannerdale Crags. Blencathra is still out of view because of the cloud.

In the middle of 2003 I did two things, I bought my first digital camera and I also decided it would be a good idea to start keeping a log of where / when I'd walked and how far each walk was. That was something I'd never bothered with prior to 2003 and once I'd began, I wish I'd started keeping a track of things from the very first walk I ever did. Never mind, you can't turn the clock back. Okay you can on the last Saturday in October but that's a different thing altogether. Anyway: later that year I was talked into starting this website to share 'stuff' with you good folk. Time has flown past far too quickly since then, and today, according to the figures I have, it was around this muddy point on route to Souther Fell that I crossed over the 10,000 mile mark. I'm sure there are lots of people out there that walk much more than I do, so you'll have to forgive me if I sound like I'm blowing my own trumpet. That really isn't my intention at all, I just thought it was worth a mention. It's also worth mentioning that all this was done while still being engaged in full time employment.

It wasn't aimed for because given enough time, this distance would always have been reached at some point. And even though I was never going to have a celebration or anything it would have been nice to share the walk with someone. As it turned out, the people I'd suggested this to were unavailable today so I found myself walking alone. Perhaps I should have planned it to take place on a specific date rather than letting it just happen in the normal course of things.

Souther Fell summit.

A view down to Mungrisdale.

On route down from the fell I peep around the corner to take a picture of The Tongue.


Lovely countryside around here.

Just after taking this a lady passed me on a bike and told me we were in the best place because it was raining when they left Windermere this morning.

The hawthorn seems to have lots of blossom this year. According to the old wives tale this means there's going to be a lot of robins the following December. Actually, when I think about it a bit more, it's got nowt to do with robins. However, I still stand by my observation about the amount of blossom this year.

Far Souther Fell. There's a barn opposite so I assume it's still a farm.

Great Mell Fell is seen over on the opposite side of the A66.

A long distance view now and I'm looking over to Clough Head and in the distance the north western fells.

Not far from the end of the walk I passed by this traditional Lakeland Inn. I've no idea what it's called but apparently fine ales and good food are served daily. They also claim to be open all day but this isn't quite true because it was closed when I walked past just after half nine this morning.

Scales Farn Country Guest House.


That's all folks. Thank you for tuning in and good night!

David Hall -
Lake District Walks