The Tongue

Height: 553 metres / 1814 feet Grid reference: NY 34757 30170

Bowscale Fell from The Tongue

Bowscale Fell from The Tongue

Blencathra via Scales Fell

Start point: Mungrisdale (NY 361 303)

Mungrisdale – Souther Fell – Scales Fell – Blencathra – Bannerdale Crags  Bowscale Fell  The Tongue – Mungrisdale

Distance: 8.1 miles     Total Ascent: 907 metres     Time Taken: 4 hours     Start Time: 08:40

Weather: An icy cold wind but clear. 5°C

There was a mighty cold and icy wind up on the top of Blencathra today and there was a fresh dusting of snow. The wind and ice were strong enough to keep me off Sharp Edge, that can wait until another day. To the south there was a big cloud build up and the way it lay right across the tops and kept changing made an intriguing backdrop throughout the walk.

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…