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Blencathra to Keswick Bridge

Blencathra to Keswick Bridge


Postby ridgerunner » Sun Aug 29, 2010 7:43 pm

Wainwrights included on this walk: Blencathra

Hewitts included on this walk: Blencathra

Date walked: 21/08/2010

Time taken: 3

Distance: 12 km

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We have been holidaying in Keswick for over 10 years and usually have 2 single weeks of mainly easy family walking each year.
Driving westwards from Penrith the view of Blencathra and Sharp Edge is always captivating and I have always fancied getting dropped of at the White Horse Inn and then walking over Blencathra and onwards to the Keswick Bridge lodges where we often stay.
Last Saturday the weather was good and as we were arriving in two cars it was the ideal chance to try this.
It was very windy and i thought ascending via Hall's Fell might be too exposed. I thus decided to ascend via Sharp Edge which would be in the lee of the wind and hopefully less exposed. The ground was luckily dry and i thought the ridge would be too.
The Edge was as delightful as usual and i never tire of doing this. A great combination of non-scarey scrambling but at the same time never boring. Spied a peregrine when half way up the edge.
I had never come down the western ridge before and was thus surprised by the fantastic views of keswick and Derwent Water. -was in too much of a rush [no parking spaces to drop me off] that i forgot my camera.
Descended to the Blencathra Riding Centre [which had caused me route finding trouble when mountain biking in the past] but this time manged to find the initially very narrow path leading down to Derwentfolds.
On reaching a small narrow tarmac road, bore left to descend to the old railway path and then a 30min walk back to KB where my beer was perfectly chilled in the fridge.
What a perfect start to a week's holiday in the Lakes.

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Re: Blencathra to Keswick Bridge

Postby mountain coward » Sun Aug 29, 2010 11:10 pm

Well if you're not worried by Sharp Edge, I defo wouldn't worry about Hallsfell! There's no way I 'd touch Sharp Edge as I think it's very dangerous, being polished and sloping as it is... but I love Hallsfell!

What's this riding centre at Blencathra? I didn't know anything about it but am always on the lookout for more places to ride - is it for the public? or more like a livery stable or something?
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Re: Blencathra to Keswick Bridge

Postby colgregg » Sun Aug 29, 2010 11:38 pm

Don't know of a Blencathra riding centre M.C. There is the Blencathra Centre which is a field study centre.
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Re: Blencathra to Keswick Bridge

Postby mountain coward » Mon Aug 30, 2010 12:05 am

Yeah, I'm wondering if there's being some confusion with that one... I'm around that area a lot and think I'd probably know if there was some horse-riding available... I used to ride up Latrigg when I were a lass - once taking my mother as well (much against her will! :lol: ) 'Cos she's a rather large lady, she got stuffed on the biggest horse they had! :lol:
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Re: Blencathra to Keswick Bridge

Postby ridgerunner » Mon Aug 30, 2010 8:27 pm

Yes, my mistake. I added the "riding" in error.
Sorry to have raised false hopes.
The Calvert Trust in Brundholme Woods does have stables and the horses ride through the Keswick Bridge grounds , but i think they are for specialised groups only.
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Re: Blencathra to Keswick Bridge

Postby mountain coward » Tue Aug 31, 2010 7:32 am

Yeah they are - the Calvert Trust do riding for the disabled so until I fall off that Munro... I have a friend who works there sometimes :D

There are other places around for me to ride though, e.g. one down the Dockray road, supposedly one at Armathwaite Hall...
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