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Blencathra Hall's Fell - Our first ridge walk
by MarkyMark10 » Thu Aug 15, 2013 8:39 pm
Wainwrights included on this walk: Blencathra
Hewitts included on this walk: Blencathra
Date walked: 12/08/2013
Time taken: 5
Distance: 7 km
Ascent: 860m2 people think this report is great. Register or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
Starting at Threlkeld in sunshine we walked through a lovely wooded path by a stream which ended at a gate which led to the Blencathra fell. Turn right and a nice flat walk through fields led to Gate Gill and first view of the Summit. Fantastic to get a clear view of the summit and climb to come.
Climbing Hall’s Fell is hard work in the heat but you gain altitude very quickly. Plenty of sweets and drink breaks were the order of the day.
After a long pull up Hall’s Fell we get our first view of the ridge. Spectacular this is with the view up to the summit. Great scrambling opportunities.
The paths tend to stay to the right of the ridge but sometimes you just have to get on top of the ridge when the path disappears. The times we did stray to the left of the ridge led to some very exciting moments of picking a safe path.
One last pull to the Summit.
On the Summit I have to admit to a sense of achievement . I have never worked so hard to climb a mountain and I was so proud of the boys tackling such a scramble. The views from the top were a reward. Clear Lakeland summits with views to Scotland and the Pennines.
It was so warm we could have lunch on the summit before desending towards Blease Fell, and then back to Thelkeld along the winding path and through the grassy slopes. Lovely view up Blease Gill.
Straight to the Horse and Farrier for a quick pint of coke to celebrate and hydrate in that heat.
A brilliant days walking in super weather.
by colgregg » Thu Aug 15, 2013 8:44 pm
by johnkaysleftleg » Thu Aug 15, 2013 9:57 pm
Well done Will and Matty
by hutchy1 » Thu Aug 15, 2013 10:11 pm
by colgregg » Thu Aug 15, 2013 10:14 pm
johnkaysleftleg wrote:Great report Mark, I've had my eyes on this route for a while to enliven a walk to the pointless lump of Mungrisdale Common that we have to bag. My your pics have certainly whetted my appetite.
Well done Will and Matty
Missed off doing Mungrisedale last time I was there. It's fells like this that make me think I'll never be bothered about getting my 214 up.
by simon-b » Thu Aug 15, 2013 11:18 pm
by AJNicholls » Thu Aug 15, 2013 11:20 pm
Plenty of practice to be had on that ridge for your young'uns though. Well done.
by ChrisW » Fri Aug 16, 2013 12:48 am
by MarkyMark10 » Fri Aug 16, 2013 6:20 pm