24th December 2010

Blencathra and Mungrisdale Common


Walk Overview
Time 08.45 to 13.00
Duration 4 hr 15 min
Distance 8.8 mile
Ascent 2500 ft
Walking with On my own
Threlkeld - blencathra Centre - Blease Fell - Knowe Crags - Blencathra - Mungrisdale Common - Sinen Gill - below Blease Fell - Blencathra Centre - Threlkeld
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside, Threlkeld village

Threlkeld offers lots of roadside parking. If you should decide to park in the centre of the village instead of using one of the car parks, it really is a case of just turning up and finding a convenient spot.


Route Map

The early morning sunshine lighting the tops of the fells.


Following the slippery road from Threlkeld to High Row Farm.

A close up of Latrigg and the north western fells.

Sunrise over Clough Head.

Looking across to (mostly) the north western fells. A frozen Derwent Water can be seen on the right hand half of the picture.

Lonscale Fell, Skiddaw Little Man and Skiddaw.

A long shadow pointing towards Great Calva and the Skiddaw fells on the right of the picture.

Time to put some extra gear on I think. Wind stopper, thicker gloves and a hat.

Looking back to Knowe Crags.

and looking ahead to the summit.

Almost there and not the first person to reach the top as I thought I might be.


This was the only other person I saw from I set out until I got back to the Blencathra Centre.

A very wintry looking Lake District, seen from Blencathra's summit.

I'd lost a bit of height by now and was out of the wind so it was much warmer walking across Mungrisdale Common than it had been up on the ridge. Strangely it was uncomfortably warm. But it wasn't until my head started pounding that I realised I was more than likely starting with the 'bug' that was already working its way through the rest of the family.

The Skiddaw fells, taken from what is normally the wet and boggy area on Mungrisdale Common.

I just love it on Mungrisdale Common. As most of you will know, it's wide open spaces like this that I enjoy more then any other terrain in the Lake District. Thankfully most people don't feel the same as I do so yet again I had the place to myself.

Rather than head down to the Cloven Stone and The Stake as I'd normally do, I took a short cut route towards Sinen Gill and Roughten Gill.


Great Calva on the right and on the left you can see the trees around Skiddaw House.

Now I can see the path I'm heading for.

This path wasn't half iced up today, and not just this short section you can see here.

Following the track above Glenderatarra Beck.

Lonscale Fell and Great Calva.

Looking in the opposite direction you see Clough Head, the eastern fells and St John's in the Vale.

A view across to Great Mell Fell from the road back down to Threlkeld.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks