Blencathra

The ascent was via Hall’s Fell, and then, after a side-trip to view Sharp Edge, down by Doddick Fell. Discretion got the better part of valour as far as ascending instead via Sharp Edge, especially as even on the much less challenging “Narrow Edge” arête of Hall’s Fell, conditions were very slippery, due to the large amount of rain over recent months. The weather also deteriorated quite soon after starting out on this occasion, but still provided some good glimpses of what is some of the most dramatic mountain scenery in Lakeland. Not for nothing does Wainwright describe the line of ascent as being “For active walkers and scramblers, ...positively the finest way to any mountain-top in the district” (and he is also almost as complimentary about the descent route). Height of main peak: 2847 ft/868m; distance walked: 6,74km/4.19 miles; height climbed: 767m/2516 ft.

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