Wednesday, 24th October 2018

Walk: Bleasefell, Knowle Crags, Blencathra, Memorial, Atkinson Pike, Bowscale Fell, Bannerdale Crags, White Horse Bent, Mousthwaite Comb, Southern Flanks of Blencathra
Start Point: Blencathra Centre Grid Reference: NY 302 256
Distance: 11 miles Ascent: 3,700 feet
Time: 7 hours
Weather: Low cloud interspersed with sunny spells then clear in the afternoon
Comments: The very strong wind made walking difficult at times but it kept the low cloud moving quickly giving short glimpes of sun and blue sky. While I couldn't get many views from the top the swiftly moving clouds created their own display. I even caught a glimpse of a brocken spectre but it vanished before I could get my camera out. The walk back along the flanks of Blencathra was more undulating than I expected and life was made more difficult by the strong headwind!!

Looking south with the Helvellyn ridge covered in low cloud

Derwent Water is just coming into view . . .

but can be seen better from a higher point

Zig zags make the steep part of the climb a litle easier!

With a very strong wind short spells of sun and blue skies suddenly appear and disappear

Looking north . . .

low cloud covers the fells I was walking on yesterday

The path undulates along the ridge . . .

as another sunny spell means another photo opportunity

On Hall's Fell Top two guys take a photo of the summit marker . . .

seen here on a previous walk. Strong winds kept me away today

Two walkers disappear into the mist to descend by Hall's Fell ridge -
and I can barely stay upright!!

Taking the direct route to Atkinson Pike I pass a tarn . . .

and the memorial cross

Sharp Edge - someone was climbing it even in the strong wind!
I was later told that the Edge was in the lee of the mountain.

Sharp Edge again

The early stages of River Glenderamackin . . .

where I stop for elevenses and watch the amazing cloud formations floating by

The cairn on Bowscale Fell looks up to the summit shelter . . .

which is the Wainwright summit and which has good views to Bannerdale Crags and Blencathra

Bannerdale Crags looking over to Souther Fell . . .

and back to Bowscale Fell now covered in low cloud

River Glenderamackin

Scales Beck but . . .

this is followed by a steep scramble!!

Under or over?

From a lower point this view is similar to me first one, the cloud now sitting at a higher level

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