19th May 2013

Couldn't see a thing on Blencathra


Walk Overview
Duration 6 hr 5 min
Distance 6.3 mile
Ascent 2300 ft
Walking with Jennifer and Gill & Nigel Batchelor
Blencathra Centre - Blease Fell - Knowe Crags - Blencathra - Knowe Crags - Blease Fell - Blencathra Centre - along the track above Glenderaterra and back
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

The whole place was under a blanket of low cloud this morning on the drive through and as we set off. Never mind, the forecast is for the cloud to lift, break up and one of the forecasts even 'predicted' unbroken blue sky by mid day. They were wrong !!

A view down the side of Blease Fell. Over there you should be able to see Clough Head.

Up onto the cloud we go.


A busy Blencathra summit.
We had intended to continue down to Mungrisdale Common after this, but visibility was just too poor. Yesterday's torrential rain would have made it extremely wet and I just didn't see the point in groping about in this. It was also starting to rain, , , brilliant!

We retraced out steps and eventually dropped below the cloud with a view across to Latrigg and Derwent Water.

Rather than jumping in the cars and heading off, we had a short walk along the track above Glenderaterra Beck.


Gang culture finds its way into the Lake District. We didn't hang around to watch the fight, we thought it best to avoid trouble and go back to the car park.

Looking ahead we noticed Great Calve was just about free from cloud.

A close up of Derwent Water, Grange and Castle Crag.

Well, some you win and some you lose and this one was the latter of the two. Upon reflection, we should have stuck to something a bit lower down.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks