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Hall's Fell Ridge, Blencathra, Atkinson Pike, Bannerdale Crags, Threlkeld, Cumbria.
[14.2 km]  Tue 04 Sep 2018

Lat/Long: 54.620929, -03.056994
OS Grid ref:
NY 31847 25601

Driving North on the M6 I had a clear view of the whole Cumbria panorama of mountains. By the time I'd reached the car park in Threlkeld the cloud had rolled in and all the summits were gone. I left the car park and headed up the path through the trees and by the Kilnhow Beck path that runs below Blencathra. I turned right at the gate to head for the Hallís Fell Ridge start.

A brief view of sunshine soon gone

Old mine building

Water pipes in Gate Gill
The object of my walk is to check the Ordnance Survey trig point on Hallís Fell as Iíd heard that it was now missing. Iíd seen it on my last walk up there on the 15th of August 2018. It was 10degC and pleasant walking as I continued along the flat path to the Gate Gill coming down from the fells. There were some blue plastic water pipes of around 25 mm diameter which must feed down to properties below. A short way up I investigated an old collapsed building which look like part of the mine workings.  It is many years since I followed the Hallís Fell Ridge path and I started my climb on the lower grassy slopes. It soon became steeper but as I was then in cloud I lost any views. Before long I was scrambling over barren rock which in places was polished and slippery. It was a very exposed, interesting and enjoyable climb up through the cloud until I reached the summit.
Hall's Fell Ridge & up into the cloud

Hall's Fell Blencathra trig point 15 Aug 2018

The marker ring is now gone
Unfortunately the stories Iíd seen on social media were correct and the trig point that had previously been a circular concrete ring at ground level was gone. The copper bolt was still in place. It was easy to find the spot because the central copper pin which is used at the as the reference point was still there but now surrounded by mud. I took a photo from as near as possible as the last one when it was intact. Nearby were three white patches on the ground and as I suspected when I got closer they were scattered human ashes. A walker approached out of the mist from the scales Fell side and we chatted briefly about the trig point.
The marker bolt/pin remains

Unfriendly on the fell
He was already aware that it had been taken and remembered a time when it was the traditional column although he said it was a cylindrical column which needs checking. I planned to scour the lower slopes with binoculars to see if whoever removed it had thrown it over the side but the mist made that impossible. Two more walkers appeared out of the mist and they were also aware that it was missing. It's amazing how the bad news has spread through the walking community. I continued north towards Atkinson Pike and saw two runners coming out of the mist
On Blencathra
They passed me without any kind of recognition or greeting. A very miserable pair. Over Atkinson pike I started my steep descent of the path down Foule Crag and on towards Mungrisdale Common and the crossroads of paths. I met a couple coming up and thankfully they were much more cheery than the runners and we exchanged a few words of greetings. I carried on up the fell towards Bannerdale Crags summit and the small slate cairn.
Bannerdale Crags cairn
The weather started to clear slightly and I had an impressive view of Sharp Edge to the west. As far as the cairn Iíd been on a reasonable path but the online map I'd used to plan the route showed a route down the south east ridge over White Horse Bent. I was following the precise route but there was not the slightest sign of any path on the ground. However, as The descent became steep a faint path appeared down to Glenderamackin River.
Looking back to Sharp Edge
Across the wooden Footbridge I started the steady climb out of the valley up to the east. The weather had improved considerably and there were many people out walking. I carried on over the bridge and along the west side of Souther Fell across an area called Knotts. As I started to descend there were some very impressive flat spots which looked like old quarry workings. An old green track zigzagging down to the road. At the road I turn right and followed it to Scales and the white Horse Inn. For a while I was on the wide footpath along the main A66 until I left it through a gate to follow the line of the old original road which took me back towards Threlkeld.
Milepost on the old road

Horse and Farrier

Don't park your bike here
It was nice to see one of the old mile posts still in existence. Through the village I reached the Horse & Farrier Inn and found a footpath sign pointing up Kilnhow Beck. As I've never been that way before I gave it a try and found a delightful path going through an area of green with tables and benches looking as if it was common land. The final length of path was narrow as it reached the car park where I had left my car. 
Kilnhow Beck
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