by Chris Mac » Fri Apr 22, 2016 1:33 pm
Wainwrights included on this walk: Blencathra
Hewitts included on this walk: Blencathra
Date walked: 17/04/2016
Time taken: 2.83
Distance: 7.36 km
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The walk starts with a nice easy path up the bulky Blease Fell
In no time the view of the surrounding peaks is superb, warranting many stops on the way up to soak in the surroundings:
Lonscale Fell over at Skiddaw comes into view as the path turns right:
Continue up towards the zig-zag path seen from Latrigg summit the day before:
Latrigg, Keswick & Derwent Water:
The view south and west... addictive:
Latrigg from the north east:
Easy going now up to Knowe Crags:
Made it, Gategill Fell Top is next...
...but first the view, Gategill Fell ridge:
Once up on the ridge the going is easy, time to enjoy the stroll and views:
Skiddaw behind to the left:
Gategill Fell coming up...
Looking back to Knowe Crags with Great Gable, Eel Crag, Grassmoor Hopegull Head and others in the background:
Summit (Hallsfell top) ahoy:
Hall's Fell ridge:
Onwards to the summit...
Made it, now soak in the view...
Skiddaw on the walk back down:
Gategill Fell top on the way back and looking south yet again:
It takes no time at all to return to the car...
Car park below and that's us:
I'm glad we chose Blencathra as it's a great walk done in just under three hours with a good path the whole way, lots of other friendly walkers and dogs to chat to and views to whet the appetite for the next visit to the Lake District, overall an all round pleasant experience and you can see all of the big Lake District hills from there, making choosing where to go and what to climb the next time we visit even harder....
by tracym » Wed Apr 27, 2016 9:20 am
by Chris Mac » Wed Apr 27, 2016 3:01 pm
It's a great choice, you will not be disappointed although the view of Keswick is actually better from Latrigg but from Blencathra you will see almost all of the Lake District all around about you. Have fun when you go!
by ChrisW » Thu Apr 28, 2016 4:29 am
by Chris Mac » Thu Apr 28, 2016 10:45 am
ChrisW wrote:Stunning pics of a great start to 'The Lakes' Chris, I was a little surprised to see snow on the top...I assume there's been a recent splurge I'm roaming around British Columbia right now and almost every trail is closed due to avalanche conditions ... I should check the weather more often Great stuff as always mate, hope you get the best of weather for the remainder
Thanks Chris, yeah it was actually colder there than it was further north which was very unusual, hence the snow. Blencathra is a great walk, I think a big appeal to the area is that you can combine so many varied fells over countless routes, looking forward to doing some longer walks the next time we visit.
Haha aye you just be careful in BC dude, it's another world where you are in Grizzlie avalanche mega-mountain country!
by ChrisW » Fri Apr 29, 2016 2:23 am
by Chris Mac » Fri Apr 29, 2016 8:08 pm