Sunday, 12th August 2012

Walk: Latrigg, Skiddaw House, Mungrisdale Common, Atkinson Pike and Blencathra.
Start Point: Blencathra Centre Grid Reference: NY 302 257
Distance: 13.6 miles Ascent: 3,700 feet
Time: 6.5 hours    
Weather: Cloudy and windy with a heat hazy in the valleys but cool on the tops.
Comments: The final goal of today was Blencathra summit, but to make the walk interesting I also threw in Latrigg. With Ray, Tony and Pat for company I headed down almost to the old railway where we turned west for Latrigg and its views over Keswick. Turning north, we headed for the Cumbria Way, Lonscale Crags and Skiddaw House. Leaving Skiddaw House we turned east on mainly good grassy paths. Upon reaching Blackhazel Beck our route then turned south for the slopes of Mungrisedale Common, but before we could start climbing we had to cross what should in summer be a small river (name unknown). This was our first challenge as we could not find an easy way to cross it, hence the wading in very cold water. Having suitably recovered from hyperthermia of the feet our next goal was Atkinson Pike. This ascent proved hard as it was through long grass all the way. From here on it was all plain sailing to the top of Blencathra and down to the car.

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Latrigg with Keswick and Derwent Water in the background

 

The top of Lonscale Fell (access only from the ascent of Skiddaw)

 

What happened to the bridge? As a bridge does not exist, then the only way to cross the river is to find suitable stepping stones or to wade - and was the water cold!

 

Looking east at Sharp Edge and beyond

 

Atkinson Pike at the top of Sharp Edge with only a short distance to the top of Blencathra

 

This monument is the largest of the two crosses on the final stretch of ascent, but why is it there?

 

At the top of Blencathra looking south'ish with the distant hills shrouded in magical mist

 

With the car in view we were almost done.

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