Monday 12th July 2004
Start point: Car Park above The
White Horse Inn
(NY 349 272)
Scales - Sharp
(100 - 105) (Atkinson Pike - Hallsfell Top
- Gategill Fell - Blease Fell - Doddick Fell - Scales Fell)
(106) - Scales
Weather: Overcast, raining by the end.
As it is the first day of the school
summer holidays, today's walk was chosen by my 13 year old - an ascent
of Blencathra via Sharp Edge; an excellent choice, I must say.
Bill Birkett counts the 6 separate tops
on Blencathra as individual fells, so after ascending Sharp Edge we
traversed the full Blencathra ridge and then crossed over onto Souther
The path starts from the car park above
The White Horse, just off the A66 and immediately it is straight into a
cruelly steep climb until the col is reached overlooking Mousthwaite
Sharp Edge from the col.
From the col, the path follows the contour along the
valley of the River Glenderamackin and then climbs up with Scales Beck
to Scales Tarn.
Sharp Edge from Scales Tarn.
From Scales Tarn, there is an excellent profile of Sharp
Edge which looms menacingly. A left turn up the side of the slope and
the bottom of Sharp Edge is reached.
The start of Sharp Edge.
Onwards and upwards along the rocky traverse.
Scales Tarn from Sharp Edge.
Looking up Sharp Edge.
The final part of the Edge is the steepest; it is an
exhilarating feeling looking down from this climb.
Sharp Edge from the top.
At the top of Sharp Edge, it was straight up to the
highest point, Atkinson Pike.
Skiddaw from Atkinson Pike, left and Blease Fell,
From Atkinson Pike, it is along 'the saddle' to the
The highest point on Blencathra is Hallsfell Top. This
view is from the summit overlooking Derwent Water with the rest of the
Blencathra ridge to the right. Walking along the undulating ridge, the
next top is Gategill Fell.
Skiddaw Forest and the Back O' Skiddaw fells from
Gategill Fell Top.
St. John's in the Vale and Thirlmere from Gategill
Fell. Traversing right to the end of the ridge, the farthest point is
From Blease Fell, we retraced our footsteps along to the
main summit and the descended via Doddick Fell and Scales Fell.
Looking back to Hallsfell top from Doddick Fell, left and
Sharp Edge from Scales Fell, right.
We walked back down to the col overlooking Mousthwaite
Comb and then carried on up the grassy rise along the undulating Souther
Fell. This is the fell where legend has it a Spectral Army was seen on
Midsummer Day 1745 by the local population.
Great Mell Fell and Little Mell fell from Souther Fell
Immediately after we hit Souther Fell summit, the heavens
opened so it was a soggy return to the col and descent by the same path
we came up to reach the car.
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