ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Lakeland Fells - Blencathra - Routes, Pictures, Conditions, Maps, Weather

Updated on March 14, 2011

 

This article will look at the English Lakeland Fell known as Blencathra. We will discuss routes up Blencathra, view pictures and photos of Blencathra, check out conditions on the mountain and have a look at a map of the area. If you plan on climbing Blencathra then look no further.

The Summit

A Mighty Mountain

 

Blencathra or Saddleback is one of the Lake District’s most impressive mountains. Located in the north of the National Park Blencathra stand at an impressive 2848ft above sea level. Classed as one of the Northern Fells, Blencathra is located just off the A66 on the road between Keswick and Penrith. There are several routes up the mountain ranging from easy to very challenging. The most well known assent is Sharp Edge, said to be one of the most exciting ridge walks in Lakeland.

Viewed from the south Blencathra looks like a mighty impenetrable fortress of a mountain. Sharp ridges and steep cliffs give this mountain a very threatening vibe. However viewed from the north Blencathra can look quite tame, long steady slopes amble up to the summit and the mountain shows a completely different side. For these reasons Blencathra is the kind of mountain that has something for everyone.

Hall's Fell Ridge

Routes

There are several different routes up the mountain. The most famous is without a doubt Sharp Edge. This razor sharp ridge has some extreme exposure and some tricky scrambling. You set off from the A66 at Scales, here head north round the bottom of Scales Fell and find the path that leads you up to Scales Tarn. From here the path veers right up onto Sharp Edge. The ridge is very exposed but not to long, it only takes five minutes to traverse the edge. There is also a tricky scramble at the end of the ridge, this takes you up onto the top of Blencathra and it’s just a short walk to the summit. For the route down take Scales Fell as this is relatively easy and takes you back to your starting point.

The classic route up Blencathra is via Hall’s Fell Ridge. This is a good scramble with a fair amount of exposure and some stunning views. Park on the A66 at Doddick and find the path that runs along the bottom of the mountain. Pass Doddick Fell on your right and then start the ascent up Hall’s Fell. The ridge runs straight up to the summit and there are some wonderful views and some excellent little scrambles. This is a good summer walk but much more tricky in winter conditions. For the route down take either Doddick Fell or Scales Fell.

If you want to climb Blencathra but have little scrambling skill or you just want a nice easy safe walk then Scales Fell is for you. Park on the A66 at Scales and follow the path up the fell. The way is clearly marked and there are no dangerous sections on this route, it’s just a nice easy walk to the summit. Heading back down the same way is the easiest option but if you want a challenge try coming down Doddick Fell.

If you want to see Blencathra from a different angle head up via Gategill Fell. Park at the village of Threlkeld and find the path that heads up the spine of the mountain. This again is not an overly difficult route but you get to walk along the long sloping summit of the mountain. This route possibly offers the best views of the surrounding mountains and you can also see back down into Keswick.

Me On The Summit

Conditions

In the summer months when the weather is set fair all routes are fairly manageable. Sharp Edge and Hall’s Fell Ridge do require some grade 2 scrambling but should not pose any real problems. If you are new to ridge walks then it may be wise to head up with a guide who may also bring along a rope just to give you that added bit of security. On a wet day the rock can be very slippery and extra care should be taken on any ridges that are attempted.

In full winter conditions Blencathra can be a very dangerous walk. Sharp Edge and Hall’s Fell Ridge should not be attempted unless you have ice axe and crampons and the ability to use them. In ice and snow there are many tricky sections that require a high level of skill and confidence. Conditions in the mountains can change quickly, you may start walking on a mild March morning, but on the summit you could easily be caught in a fierce blizzard. It’s important to take spare gloves, hat, warm clothing and also an emergency bivy bag if you are walking up Blencathra in the winter. Also a map and compass and the ability to use them, if the mist comes down you don’t want to wander off a cliff face. Make sure you have a goo supply of water or energy drinks and also plenty of food, things such as Trail Mix are ideal.

Overall

Blencathra truly is one of the Lake Districts most impressive mountains. There are some magical views from the summit as can be seen from my Blencathra pictures and photos. Although the weather on Blencathra can change suddenly if you do get a nice clear day there are few better mountains in England. My favourite route up is Hall’s Fell Ridge but there are so many great ways up this mountain and this means you can climb Blencathra again and again and never get bored of it. Blencathra really is one of the best mountains you will find anywhere in England.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)