Sunday, 16 November 2014

Blencathra (Saddleback)

Blencathra & Skiddaw 080
Location: Lake District National Park - Cumbria
Height: 868 metres (2,848 ft)
Summit Type: Rocky/Flat
Notable Summit Objects: Ring Type Trig Point/Cairn
Range: Lake District, Northern Fells
Description:
A truly wonderful fell, Blencathra is a mighty Lake District high point that towers above the A66 at Scales and is highly distinctive due to its saddle like shape that gives it its Victorian name of Saddleback. There are many routes to the summit, its most infamous is that of via Sharp Edge, a knife edge arĂȘte that makes for a truly excellent ascent, although dangerous, particularly in any weather other than fine conditions. Then it's a matter of scrambling up Foule Crag before arriving at a superb summit that delivers some awesome views of the surrounding Lake District fells. The summit is marked by a small cairn but also a bizarre ring type Trig Point. The views include south towards Helvellyn, south west towards Keswick, Derwent Water and Catbells. West towards Lonscale Fell and Skiddaw, north west towards Great Calva, east towards Great Mell Fell and along the A66 towards Penrith.
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