Lonscale Fell

Height: 715 metres / 2346 feet Grid reference: NY 28544 27171 Category: The Northern Fells

Birkett names two separate tops on Lonscale Fell; Lonscale Pike and Lonscale Fell.

Lonscale Fell summit.

Lonscale Fell summit.

Skiddaw from Lonscale Fell

Skiddaw from Lonscale Fell

Lonscale Pike

Height 703 metres/2306 feet     Grid Reference NY 28887 27289

The view from Lonscale Pike, the east peak of Lonscale Fell - in the centre is High Rigg with Tewet Tarn visible and Thirlmere behind

The view from Lonscale Pike, the east peak of Lonscale Fell – in the centre is High Rigg with Tewet Tarn visible and Thirlmere behind

Blencathra from Lonscale Pike

Blencathra from Lonscale Pike

Skiddaw

Start point: Gale Road End (NY 281 253)

Gale Road End – Skiddaw Lesser Man  Skiddaw Little Man  Skiddaw – Jenkin Hill – Lonscale Fell – Lonscale Pike  Latrigg – Gale Road End

Distance: 8.5 miles     Total Ascent: 860 metres     Time Taken: 4 hours 30 minutes     Start Time: 07:00

Weather: Beautiful sunshine above the haze. 5°C

I was up early again today to catch the sunrise and it was well worth it to see the beautiful rising sun across a temperature inversion. Once above the haze layer the air was very clear – a fantastic and memorable day to be out on the fells.

 

Skiddaw

Start point: Gale Road End (NY 281 253)

Gale Road End – Skiddaw Lesser Man Skiddaw Little Man Skiddaw Jenkin HillLonscale Fell Lonscale Pike Gale Road End

Distance: 7.6 miles     Total Ascent: 775 metres     Time Taken: 3 hours 15 minutes     Start Time: 10:40

Weather: Freezing. -3ºC

The blue skies of the early morning gave way to a rather more leaden one and it was one of those ‘never above freezing’ days today. Skiddaw was quiet with hardly anyone around (although I did bump into the current second on the GtF leader board Jon and Hils) and although a different sort of day to the Blencathra one I enjoyed last week, the winter skies were a treat and there were some fantastic views from up there today

Skiddaw

Start point: Gale Road End (NY 281 253)

Gale Road End – Skiddaw Lesser Man Skiddaw Little Man Skiddaw Jenkin Hill Lonscale Fell Lonscale Pike Gale Road End

Distance: 7 miles     Total Ascent: 800 metres     Time Taken: 2 hours 45 minutes     Start Time: 08:45

Weather: Hazy, in and out of cloud, 9C

Today the weather was a lot better than yesterday and the sun was trying to burn through the haze and cloud most of the morning. My original intention was to go to Blencathra but I soon changed my mind when I saw the stubborn cloud on the top and Skiddaw looked a better bet with its wispy cloud which looked as though it would disappear at some point. It was noticeable how busy all the walking areas seemed to be today too, perhaps it is an indication that winter truly is over and the promise of better weather has brought people back to the area. We were recognised on Lonscale Fell today by a couple of Striding Edge fans and it was good to stop and have a chat for a while.

Skiddaw Forest

Start point: Gale Road End (NY 281 253)

Gale Road Lonscale Fell Lonscale PikeJenkin Hill Skiddaw Lesser Man Skiddaw Little Man Skiddaw Bakestall – Birkett Edge – Whitewater Dash – Little CalvaGreat Calva (514) – Skiddaw house – Lonscale Crags – Gale Road

Distance: 13 miles     Total Ascent: 1190 metres     Time Taken: 5 hours

Weather: Overcast, clearing. 20oC.

After the sunshine and blue skies of the last few days, the clouds were hanging ominously over Skiddaw when I set off for a circuit of Skiddaw Forest from Gale Road this morning. From Lonscale Fell onwards, I was in the clouds with Skiddaw being windswept and cold as it so often is. The main objective today was Great Calva as I completed my second recorded set of 214 Wainwright fells on it. I haven’t been actively pursuing that goal and it has taken me 3 years to get round them all again.

Back O’ Skiddaw

Start point: Bowscale (NY 358 317)

Bowscale – Bowscale Tarn East Top on Bowscale Fell (387) Bowscale Fell (388) The Tongue (389) Bannerdale Crags (390) Blencathra Mungrisdale Common – Cloven Stone – Lonscale Pike (391) Lonscale Fell (392) Jenkin Hill (393) Skiddaw Lesser Man (394) Skiddaw Little Man (395) Skiddaw Bakestall – Whitewater Dash – Little Calva (396) Knott Coomb Height (397) Little Lingy Hill (398) Great Lingy Hill (399) Hare Stones (400) High Pike (401) Miton Hill (402) Round Knott (403) Carrock Fell (404) – Mungrisdale – Bowscale

Distance: 25.8 miles     Total Ascent: 2447 metres     Time Taken: 10 hours 50 minutes

Weather: Sunny and warm with a slight breeze. 25°C.

Today’s walk was a long circuit of the quiet fells known as ‘The Back o’ Skiddaw’. The weather was very pleasant, not as hot and muggy as it has been recently with a slight, welcome, cooling breeze. The views were absolutely superb at times and I was glad I chose today to do this long walk. The only problem was I forgot my food and 26 miles is a long way without any fuel…