25th June 2016

Blencathra from Mungrisdale

Time 7am to 12 noon
Duration 5 hrs
Distance 9.3 mile
Ascent 3000 ft isn't too far away
Walking with Rod Hepplewhite
Mungrisdale - River Glenderamackin - Bannerdale Crags East Ridge - Bannerdale Crags - Bowscale Fell - Atkinson Pike - Blencathra summit tarn - Blencathra - Scales Fell - top of Mousethwaite Comb - Souther Fell - Low Beckside - Mungrisdale
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre -
Mungrisdale Village
Mungrisdale is without doubt a small place but it does still have a couple of different options for parking. Rather than list them separately, I've simply grouped them together as Mungrisedale Village. The map shows the various places on offer.
Route Map


Before we get going properly I decide to take a group photo. If you're wondering who is who, I'm the one wearing a red top and Rod (for reasons I didn't like to ask about) stands with his hand on his hip.

It was lovely as we set off this morning. Plenty of blue sky and has been the norm this summer it was warm and very humid.

Once past the house in the previous picture you're out in the countryside and immediately you have the feeling of remoteness, even though you're no more than 30 seconds walk from civilisation. It's a wonderful area for walking around here with more options for routes than you could shake a stick at.

looking ahead to Bannerdale Crags. You can see our path running up through the bracken over there.

This is the short steeper section up to the top of Bannerdale Crags.

If you want to be really picky, this isn't the highest point on Bannerdale Crags but it is quite close. It's found at the top of the ridge we'd just walked up.

Bowscale Fell summit.

We double back along the area between Bowscale Fell and Bannerdale Crags but head off to the right to begin our ascent of Atkinson Pike / Blencathra.

Foule Crag / Atkinson Pike.


Blencathra seen from Atkinson Pike. We thought we were going to end up walking in cloud but thankfully a couple of minutes later the cloud was gone.

Here's the bigger of the two crosses on Blencathra.

Blencathra summit tarn

We could see a couple of people walking across the ridge over there and some folk walking up Hall's Fell but we had the summit to ourselves during our time here.

Still at the summit and looking down to the Threlkeld area and St John's in the Vale. In the distance you can see part of Thirlmere.


On the walk down Scales Fell we pass within sight of Scales Tarn. Behind are Bannerdale Crags and Bowscale Fell.

Looking back up the Scales Fell route.

As we walk down to the low ground on route to Souther Fell we agree that the forecasted wet weather is indeed on the way.


A close up of Sharp Edge.

The view from the top of Souther Fell. On the left of the picture are Great Dodd and Clough Head.


And to finish today's excursion here's a picture of High Beckside which is found, as we worked out using simple logic, above Low Beckside.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks