21st September 2012

Souther Fell from Scales


Walk Overview
Time 13.40 to 16.10
Duration 2 hr 30 min
Distance 6.3 mile
Ascent 1300 ft
Walking with On my own
A66 - Scales - Mousthwaite Comb - Souther Fell - Hazelhurst - Far Souther Fell - Scales - A66
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside parking, Scales, Threlkeld

I'm sure anyone who has driven along this stretch of the A66 will have noticed the line of cars along both sides of the road. To hazard a guess, I'd say almost all of the occupants had headed out for a walk up Blencathra; and probably via Sharp Edge.

There is actually space for quite a few cars along here, but thoughtless parking often reduces the number of cars that can manage to get a spot. Parking is free, but it does fill up pretty fast, at all times of year.


Route Map

When I left home there was hardly a cloud in the sky this afternoon so I had high hopes of a complete walk which was dry, sunny and warm. The walk was far from a total washout, but I could have done without the rain I had across the higher section of the route. It's a good job I took the waterproofs, even though I didn't think I'd need them.

This is Scales Farm Country Guest House. What a lovely spot.

Heading along the old road just outside Scales. I assume this would have been the main route from the Threlkeld area to Mungrisdale at one time.

Over there is Great Mell Fell.

It doesn't really matter which way round you do this walk, so for no particular reason, today I decided to walk the Souther Fell section first. Given the way the weather turned out, I should have probably done it the other way round today. But, I didn't know that at this point and anyway; if we could all see 30 minutes into the future nothing bad would ever happen and we'd all have a permanent smile on our faces.

You can see the path I followed going up the fellside to the lowest point on the skyline.

Another view of Great Mell Fell, this time taken from the path up to Souther Fell.

The path I mentioned earlier.

Blencathra and Bannerdale Crags.

Up on the ridge now and those clouds look menacing.

Anyone out and about in Penrith will be getting a right soaking.

Looking across to Banenrdale Crags and Bowscale Fell.
This isn't the top of Souther Fell but it does have a much better cairn, , , , actually, the summit itself only has a single stone. I think I'll come up here one day with a wheelbarrow and move / rebuild this cairn at the summit. That should leave a few people looking confused.

I'm at the summit now and it's emptying down.

Off the fell, onto the road and the sun is back out so I can take a photo looking across to Great Mell Fell.

Turning round and I saw another storm brewing up and heading my way.

Not exactly the best of conditions today but this is a lovely walk along here between Mungrisdale and Scales.

Passing by Far Souther Fell.

And a little further down the road I came to Southerfell Farm.

A close up of the busy A66,

and of Mosedale Viaduct; somewhere I still haven't managed to go across and have a proper look at.

I wonder if I can find a cheep wheelbarrow on ebay.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks