Lonscale Fell

Grid Ref NY 285 271
Height 2,344 ft

From the fell itself, and indeed from higher up towards Skiddaw, Lonscale Fell just seems to be a big grassy area you pass on the way to or from somewhere else. It's only when the fell is viewed from a distance that you realise how wrong this is. Just about the best viewpoints for Lonscale Fell are Great Calva, the Cloven Stone area of Mungrisdale Common, Clough Head and also from Tewet Tarn. When you view Lonscale Fell from these places, you see the crags on the eastern side fell, and immediately you think 'yes', this is a fell that deserves to be climbed for it's own sake rather than an addition for a walk up Skiddaw.

While you here, don't forget to walk across to the splendid viewpoint found a short way to the north east. This would have made a much better summit had it been a little higher.

A close up of Lonscale Fell taken from Loughrigg Terrace
Location maps

Route suggestions

Route suggestion: Gale Road car park - Whit Beck - Lonscale Crags ridge - Lonscale Fell
2.3 mile / approx 1400 ft ascent
I've listed two ascent routes to Lonscale Fell from Gale Road car park and to be honest I can't really pick a preference from them. The biggest difference is that this route is likely to have less people than the other one.

While walking across the southern side of the fell the going really is quite a leisurely affair, but don't be lulled in to a false sense of ease. When you reach the gate and turn uphill, this is an 'in your face' steep walk. The views across to the eastern, central and north western Lake District are fantastic and as I like to describe them; uninterrupted.


Route suggestion: Cale Road car park - Jenkin Hill - Lonscale Fell
2.6 mile / approx 1600 ft ascent
This route follows the so called Skiddaw 'Tourist Route' as far as the fence / gate on Jenkin Hill. Up to this point the path is very steep and unrelenting, yet simplicity itself as far as actually following the route goes.

The path across Jenkin Hill to Lonscale Fell has very little up hill walking, but can be quite wet under foot after periods of rain.


Route suggestion: Blencathra Centre - Roughten Gill ford - Guide Stone - Burnt Horse ridge - Lonscale Fell
3.7 mile / approx 1600 ft ascent
The best route to the top of a fell doesn't have to be the shortest, and this just proves my point. Setting off from the wrong side of the valley might seen like a strange thing to do, but the track around the east side of Blease Fell offers a lovely walk which soon brings you to the bottom of Lonscale Fell's north ridge; strangely named Burnt Horse.

The ridge itself in a little steep in places, but well worth the effort.

Photo gallery

Taken from the track above the Blencathra Centre

Lonscale Fell seen from a frozen Tewet Tarn



Lonscale Fell seen from Skiddaw

Choose a walk that includes this fell
The number of walks to choose from is 9

29th October 2016
  A proper Autumn day on Latrigg and Lonscale Fell 12 mile about 2800 ft
Briar Rigg - Mallen Dodd - Latrigg - Gale Road - Whit Beck - Lonscale Fell - Burnt Horse - Lonscale Crags - Whit Beck - Gale Road - Brundholme Wood - Forge Brow - Briar Rigg

6th August 2016
  The Skiddaw Fells and Skiddaw House 14.9 mile about 4200 ft
Spooney Green Lane - Gale Road Car Park - Lonscale Fell - Jenkin Hill - Skiddaw Little Man - Skiddaw - Bakestall - Birkett Edge - Dash Fall - Skiddaw House - Lonscale Crags - Whitbeck - Gale Road Car Park - Latrigg - Mallen Dodd - Spooney Green Lane

1st June 2013
  Lonscale Fell, Skiddaw and Skiddaw House 10 mile 2800 ft
Gale Road - Lonscale Fell - Jenkin Hill - Skiddaw Little Man - Skiddaw - Sale How - Skiddaw House - Lonscale Crags - Whit Beck - Gale Road

22nd January 2011
  Lonscale Fell to Latrigg via Skiddaw 14 mile 4150 ft
Briar Rigg - Spoony Green Lane - Gale Road - Whit Beck - Lonscale Fell - Jenkin Hill - Skiddaw Little Man - Skiddaw - Bakestall - Birkett Edge - Skiddaw House - Lonscale Crags - Whit Beck - Gale Road - Latrigg - Spoony Green Lane - Briar Rigg

13th December 2009
  Lonscale Fell and an unusual route to Skiddaw House 7.8 mile 1870 ft
Gale Road car park - Whit Beck - Lonscale Fell - Kitbain Gill - Jackson's Fold - Skiddaw House - Cumbria Way - Lonscale Crags - Whit Beck - Gale Road car park

20th May 2007
  Skiddaw number ten 11.5 mile 3250 ft
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19th July 2006
  Blencathra and Skiddaw, on the hottest day of the year. 14.2 mile 4783 ft
Blencathra Centre - Blencathra - Mungrisdale Common - Skiddaw House - Dash Falls - Bakestall - Skiddaw - Skiddaw Little Man - Lonscale Fell - Blencathra Centre

20th August 2005
  A long walk over the higher Skiddaw fells. 12.4 mile 4281 ft
High Side - Ullock Pike - Long Side - Carl Side - Skiddaw - Skiddaw Little Man - Lonscale Fell - Skiddaw House - Dash Falls - Barkbethdale - High Side

30th October 2004
  A long walk in the Northern fells. 12.5 mile 4636 ft
Blencathra Centre - Blencathra - Atkinson Pike - Mungrisedale Common - Burnt Horse - Lonscale Fell - Skiddaw Little Man - Latrigg - Blencathra Centre

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Lake District Walks