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Blencathra and Skiddaw via Lonscale Fell's NE Buttress

Blencathra and Skiddaw via Lonscale Fell's NE Buttress

Postby Broggy1 » Mon Aug 10, 2020 10:07 am

Wainwrights included on this walk: Bakestall, Blencathra, Lonscale Fell, Skiddaw, Skiddaw Little Man

Hewitts included on this walk: Blencathra, Lonscale Fell, Skiddaw, Skiddaw Little Man

Date walked: 07/08/2020

Time taken: 5.4

Distance: 24.4 km

Ascent: 1763m

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Managed to get away Friday afternoon and after a busy drive up the M6 with cars queuing to get off the South Lakes junction I was surprised to arrive at the foot of Blencathra with room to park all over.

I'd been itching to do something a bit tastier for a bit so had quickly drafted this route up which I hoped I could fit in through the afternoon.

Classic, easy scrambling up Halls Fell and then a pathless descent before a mega steep re-climb to Lonscale Fell up the North East Buttress and then easier to Skiddaw and back via the lovely and lonely Skiddaw Forest.

1 Halls Fell ahead.JPG
Halls Fell in view

2 Narrow Edge.jpg
After an initial climb on a good path you come to the good bit - narrow edge

3 Scrambling options or bypass options.JPG
I stuck to the crest for the (easy) scrambling options but the bypass path is always there for anyone who want it...and on wet, slippy days it's probably advised

4 Scrambling.JPG
For me Hall's Fell provides more sustained, hands on scrambling than Sharp Edge - although it's all very easy and nothing like as exposed

5 Looking back at the curve and narrow bit.JPG
Looking back at the narrow bit and the curve in the ridge

6 Up to the summit.JPG
Summit ahead - this route bullseye's it

7 Skiddaw from Blen.JPG
Skiddaw from Blencathra

8 Gategill Fell ahead with NW Fells in view.JPG
Gategill Fell ahead with more of Lakeland in the background

8 Pathless descent.JPG
It's a pathless descent now into Roughten Gill

9 Lonscale Fell dominates.JPG
Lonscale Fell starts to dominate now

10 NE Butress.jpg
I was going to head up via the Burnt Horse Ridge (a way which I've come down before) but the day was good, the rock was dry so decided it was about time I tried the North East Buttress/Ridge which can be seen ahead here

11 On the NE Butress.JPG
On the Buttress - which you get on to via a steep pathless climb from the Cumbrian Way

12 Final tower.JPG
Final tower ahead - there's not a lot of rock here (and what is there isn't that stable) but you definitely need your hands and it's very, very steep

13 Mossy and steep.JPG
Mossy and steep!

14 Looking down.JPG
Looking down the ridge

15 Skidddaw from Lonscale.JPG
Skiddaw from the top of Lonscale Fell - easy walking now

16 Classic view from Little Man.JPG
The classic view from Skiddaw Little Man

17 Blen from Skid.JPG
Blencathra from a strangely empty Skiddaw

18 Other Northern Fells from Bakestall.JPG
The other Northern fells from Bakestall

19 Skiddaw House Track.JPG
On the Skiddaw House Track which gives me a long but easy way back to the car - you can always guarantee peace and quiet here

20 Great Calva always looks good from here.JPG
Great Calva is very shapely from this side

21 Lonscale again.JPG
There is Lonscale Fell again

22 Blen again.JPG
And finally Blencathra again
Last edited by Broggy1 on Mon Nov 02, 2020 3:34 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Blencathra and Skiddaw via Lonscale Fell's NE Buttress

Postby HalfManHalfTitanium » Fri Aug 14, 2020 10:46 am

Good idea for a route! Great photos

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