30th May 2005

Blencathra and Mungrisdale Common to myself.


Walk Overview
Time 07.30 to 11.10
Duration 3 hr 40 min
Distance 6.8 mile
Ascent 2287 ft
Walking with On my own
Blencathra Centre - Knowe Crags - Blencathra - Atkinson Pike - Mungrisdale Common - Blencathra Centre
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, behind the Blencathra Centre, Threlkeld

At almost 1000ft above sea level this is a popular starting point for those wishing for an easier ascent of Blencathra.
Parking is free, but it is quite a popular spot. If you find this car park full you'll need to back track to the car park a little further down the road or even in the village itself.


Route Map

From the path up to Knowe Crags, zooming across to Keswick, Derwent Water, Cat Bells, Maiden Moor, (High Spy and Dale Head behind the cloud), Hindscarth, Robinson, High Stile and Red Pike.


A little further up the path looking in the same direction.


Lonscale Fell across the grassy fellside below Knowe Crags.


St John's in the Vale and High Rigg with Thirlmere behind leading across to the central ridge and Derwent Water, from Knowe Crags.


The Skiddaw fells from Blencathra summit.


From Blencathra summit again, this time looking across to Atkinson Pike. Bowscale Fell and Carrock Fell are to the right of Atkinson Pike and High Pike is on the left.


Gategill Fell from Blencathra summit.


The Skiddaw fells from the small tarn between Blancathra and Atkinson Pike.


Mungrisdale Common with Great Calva behind, the Solway Firth and the Scottish mountains are in the far distance.


The Skiddaw fells from almost the same place.


Looking along the path across Mungrisdale Common towards the "summit".
This area has a reputation for always being very wet and boggy, but apart from a little area next to some pools I managed to walk the whole way without getting wet at all.


A very dry Mungrisdale Common summit.


From the cairn on Mungrisdale Common I left to path and took an almost direct route down to the point where Sinen Gill joins the Glenderaterra Beck.


Looking back along the track that runs around the base of Blease Fell.
The dark fell in the distance is Great Calva. Just after I took this picture I met the only other person I saw on the whole walk. Which just goes to prove "the early bird gets the walk".


One last look across towards the scene that has been in view for most of this walk. One that you could never get tired of looking at, especially in such perfect conditions as today.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks