|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|
|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
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