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Blencathra on a sunny day

Blencathra on a sunny day


Postby robnixon » Fri Mar 14, 2014 3:53 pm

Wainwrights included on this walk: Blencathra

Hewitts included on this walk: Blencathra

Date walked: 11/03/2014

Time taken: 5

Distance: 9.6 km

Ascent: 762m

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As I sat in the office on Monday, I decided to take a day off work the following day to climb Blencathra. Weather was set to be perfect with high pressure sitting over the UK and no cloud forecast.
I planned to start at Threlkeld and head up Halls fell in a circular route back to the car in the village.
It was my first walk on my own, usually go with family or friends, but I had my new GPS which I had wanted to try out (Garmin GPS62s) which I had purchased at Christmas.
I left Threlkeld and headed up over the fields, through Gate Gill farm and up to Halls fell.
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Not as young as fit as I used to be, it was a steep accent up, but I made a few stops to admire the spectacular views.
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The summit some came into view as well as the scramble which I was looking forward to.

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The aforementioned scramble was very exciting, although not sure if I would have enjoyed it so much if it had been wet!

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I sat on the summit, had sandwich and watched the world go by for 20 mins and agreed it was worth the effort.

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After dragging myself up, I headed left and headed towards Knowe Craggs. It was a pleasant stroll along, almost flat, expect for the snow lying on the summit slightly facing the north.

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The walk I followed, had me then following no path down the hillside, but I decided to keep on going, following the new path which zig zagged down Blease fell. I met a number of people walking up this way. Each carrying large rucksacks. As I neared the bottom, I soon realised what these were carrying;

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Now that was the way down I should have taken!
I made my way past Blease farm before the short walk back into Threlkheld and a pint of coke in the beer garden of the Horse & Farrier Inn. It was like a July day and I wish I hadn't needed to drive back to Newcastle so I could have sampled the local beer.
A really great day out, very happy with my GPS unit which had my track almost on the mapped paths for the entire walk.
Fourth Wainwright bagged. Only 210 to go!
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Re: Blencathra on a sunny day

Postby johnkaysleftleg » Fri Mar 14, 2014 4:18 pm

Well done for binning off work to go for a walk :clap: Great pics of what looks like a stunning day and well done on your first report.
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Re: Blencathra on a sunny day

Postby colgregg » Fri Mar 14, 2014 7:55 pm

This looks to have been a brilliant day out. The kind of day you can wander for ages on the tops and makes you wish it wouldn't get dark.
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Re: Blencathra on a sunny day

Postby ChrisW » Sat Mar 15, 2014 5:42 am

Great report Rob and cracking pics of a perfect day :clap: that paraglide descent looks like a fantastic idea :think:
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Re: Blencathra on a sunny day

Postby robnixon » Sat Mar 15, 2014 8:44 am

Thanks for the feedback guys.
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Re: Blencathra on a sunny day

Postby tony-c » Sat Mar 15, 2014 1:24 pm

Well done. I love walking on my own, especially on days like that and there is nowt better that a nice pint afterwards. You should try doing the Coledale and fairfeild horse shoe walks both bag plenty of hills and both can be ended at good pubs with great beers.
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Re: Blencathra on a sunny day

Postby Sarah86 » Mon Mar 17, 2014 3:23 pm

Looks like you picked a cracking day for it. There is something enjoyable about being out alone at times. Spectacular views you got.
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Re: Blencathra on a sunny day

Postby MarkyMark10 » Thu Mar 20, 2014 12:55 pm

Nice first report Rob. One of my favourite scrambles that one and brings back happy memories :clap:
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Re: Blencathra on a sunny day

Postby Tonyb123 » Fri Mar 21, 2014 2:29 pm

Well done Rob.. It looked a stunning day. i keep meaning to do the same route so this has wet my apatite a bit more now. cheers.
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