6th March 2016

Souther Fell from Scales

Time am
Duration the morning
Distance 6 mile
Ascent 1300 ft - more or less
Walking with Jennifer
Scales - road on east side of Souther Fell - Souther Fell - above Mousethwaite Comb - Scales
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.

Weather Readings

The Gadget
All readings were taken using a Kestrel 2000 Weather Meter
Live temperature recorded at the time I press the hold key
Maximum Wind Speed Maximum wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location Average Wind Speed
Average wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location
Wind Chill
Combination of wind speed and temperature. The gadget does the calculations not me.

Route Map


Spring is in the air and, , , ,

,, , , , winter is on the way out.

This is a nice little walk that can be done in whichever direction you choose. Today, we opted to do the road section while the sun was still shining at the start of the day. The main reasoning behind this was the lovely countryside along here, which is always more enjoyable in bright conditions.

Clough Head and Great Dodd looking really nice with a good covering of snow.

Looking back along the road towards Walla Crag, Bleaberry Fell and in the far distance the north western fells. Most of what we see is sitting under a clear blue sky but, there does seem to be an awful lot of cloud over towards the far west.


Feeding time on Souther Fell.

I hope they see the sign because there's a closed gate just around the corner.

Despite living rght next to a road, I bet these folk aren't disturbed by traffic running back and forward.


Just before passing Low Beckside we leave the road and make our way onto the fellside. Rather than the normal route up the Mungisdale end of Souther Fell we make our own route onto the ridge.

This approach was easy enough at this time of year but would be a difficult way to gain the ridge in the middle of July when the bracken is standing at shoulder height.

Up on the ridge now and looking across to Bannerdale Crags in front of Blencathra.

A view backwards with the Pennines in the far distance.

Ah well, it seems that we arrived at the summit at the same time as that cloud you can see at the top of the picture.

Scales Fell / Blencathra seen as we walk down from Souther Fell towards the top of Mousthwaite Comb (on the left hand side).

Time to head down now and our route swings around Mousthwaite Comb before dropping down to the road we were on earlier.

Just above the road we stop to look across to Great Mell Fell but sadly there wasn't much sunshine on offer by the time we got down here. Never mind, a good walk was had by everyone involved and anyway: after the bright start had had, moaning about a few clouds hardly seems the right thing to do.


David Hall -
Lake District Walks