Sunday, 28 April 2013

Blencathra, Skiddaw and some bits in between – 27 April

The overnight snow was a bit more of a surprise than the heavy showers of rain sweeping over Blencathra when we reached Threlkeld. Originally we intended to go up over Knott Halloo but we have gone up Gategill Fell in snow before and, even with ice axes, struggled to get off the ridge and on to the plateau. With the top of the ridge plastered in fresh wet snow and without axes we would have struggled so Blease Fell first, it was.

20130427_001_northern_fells-103-EditGategill Fell on the right with Knowe Crags ahead

20130427_002_northern_fells-107-EditPauline leaving Blease Fell summit

20130427_003_northern_fells-8-EditHalls Fell Top beyond Gategill Fell Top

20130427_004_northern_fells-10-EditPauline approaching Gategill Fell Top

20130427_005_northern_fells-21-EditGategill Fell

20130427_006_northern_fells-23-Edit-2Gategill Fell with Skiddaw in the distance

20130427_007_northern_fells-122-EditLooking between Blease Fell and Lonscale Fell to Derwent Water

20130427_008_northern_fells-30-EditSkiddaw House

20130427_009_northern_fells-52-EditBack O’Skiddaw with Blencathra in sunshine

20130427_010_northern_fells-54-EditOn Skiddaw

After Blencathra we jogged over Mungrisedale Common, up passed Skiddaw House on to Skiddaw where most of the snow had melted. Lonscale Fell provided the way back to track for the Blencathra Centre and Threlkeld. A brilliant day out on what will surely be the last day of this prolonged winter.


  1. Another great set of photos Ian. Might have to come to you for some lessons! I take it you were avoiding all the 3 Peaks/Fellsman traffic on Saturday?

    1. Thank you. You would be very welcome. We should have been supporting a "Joss" but the contender decided there was still too much snow on some of the tops so we found ourselves with a free weekend.