Sunday, 5th October 2008

             

      

 

Walk: Mungrisdale, Bowscale Fell, Bannerdale Crags, Mungrisdale Common, Atkinson Pike, Blencathra, Scales Fell, Souther Fell
Start Point: Mungrisdale Village Hall Grid Reference: NY 363 302
Distance: 11 miles Ascent: 3,300 feet
Time: 6.5 hours    
Weather: A bright and sunny day with a cold breeze on the high fells.
Comments: The day looked promising and the group set out in high spirits. Before long we started the steep climb up Raven Crags and it was time to concentrate on the ascent. However, with good views it wasn't long before a pause was needed to get out the camera and choose the best shot. Eventually seeing a cairn not too far away hopes were raised that we were nearly at the top - but soon dashed when it was realised that there were a number of false tops on this route. Finally reaching the summit cairn, the group looked hopefully at the nearby shelter. They were disappointed to find that this was not to be the spot for morning coffee and we soon continued on our way. Walking across to Bannerdale Crags a sheltered spot was found and, with great views across The Tongue and down Bannerdale Valley. Leaving Bannerdale Crags we soon encountered a local resident on the path - a frog had found refuge in a small pool - and it was time for the cameras again. With the prospect of a wet trudge across to Mungrisdale Common Eric and Mandy decided to take the shorter route up to Foule Crag and on to Blencathra summit.  The 'braver' members of the group made their way across to the Wainwright where they were rewarded with good views in all directions, proving that you don't need to be on the highest ground to get the best views! After a steady climb across to Foule Crag and up the steep scree slope to Atkinson Pike we soon made our way across to Blencathra where we had lunch and eventually met up with the 'short cutters'. From there it was an easy stroll down Scales Fell from where we could see a number of people on Sharp Edge. After making our way across to Souther Fell we had a short expedition off the side and through bracken to find the path back down to Mungrisdale. Members of the group were most appreciative of the boot cleaning facilities once we reached the surfaced road, thoughtfully provided by the leader - or perhaps by the rain of previous days!

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Fast flowing water in the River Glenderamackin is evidence of the rain on previous days

 

Bannerdale Crags and The Tongue from the beginning of our climb . . .

 

and higher up we can look across to Great Mell Fell with the High Street ridge in the distance

 

A short easy section between the steep parts of the climb

 

Zooming in on Bannerdale Crags and Blencathra - they are much further away than they look!

 

Turning our backs on the Bowscale Fell shelter we head across to Bannerdale Crags . . . 

 

and find a great spot for 'elevenses' . . .

 

overlooking the Bannerdale Valley, with The Tongue on the left and Souther Fell on the right

 

Time for a mini group shot at Bannerdale Crags . . .

 

whilst the group checks out Blencathra, but on the way . . .

 

Ray checks out . . .

 

a local resident

 

Derwent Water from Mungrisdale Common, with Walla Crag and Lonscale Fell in the foreground, Scafell Pike and Bowfell in the distance with and Great Gable standing out more prominently

 

Mungrisdale Common with Skiddaw Little Man to the left and Skiddaw just to the right of centre

 

Some of the group on Atkinson Pike

 

The East peak of Lonscale Fell, Skiddaw Little Man and Skiddaw to the right

 

Two minutes earlier there were about 20 people posing on Bencathra summit

 

Heading down Scales Fell . . .

 

we catch a glimpse of Scales Tarn . . .

 

and good views of Sharp Edge . . .

 

with a number of people making their way across . . .

 

whilst a couple admire the view . . .

 

and I think there is even a dog!

 

Souther Fell, and our last Wainwright, draws closer . . .

 

and I spot a viaduct I haven't noticed before - perhaps because we are doing the route the opposite way round to previous walks

 

Leaving Souther Fell we search for the path that traverses the side of the fell . . .

 

and eventually find out way out of the bracken!

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