Sunday, 12th August 2012
Skiddaw House, Mungrisdale Common, Atkinson Pike and
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||Cloudy and windy with a heat
hazy in the valleys but cool on the tops.
||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
Looking east at Sharp Edge and beyond
Atkinson Pike at the top of Sharp Edge with only a short distance to the top of
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
With the car in view we were almost done.
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