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Mungrisdale, The Tongue, Atkinson Pike, Blencathra, Scales Fell, Southerfell Cottages, River Glenderamackin, Cumbria..
[14.9 km]  Tue 03 Nov 2020

OS Grid ref: NY 36489 30016
Lat/Long: 54.6612130,-2.9860750

The weather forecast for today is mixed with wind and showers. Its better later in the week but another lockdown (no2) is due on Wed midnight and Iím not sure how it affects travel to Cumbria. I arrived on the outskirts of Mungrisdale in the rain but it soon slackened as I set off. I put full waterproof on anyway as it was fairly cold at around 4degC. My car was the only one there as I left the muddy layby to the south of the village. I headed west passing the phone box and cottages then through the gate to follow the very wet track to the stone slabbed path diversion across the bog.
The Tongue ahead.

 Rainbow above Bullfell Beck.
Some of the slabs have sunk and are partly submerged. I reached the bridge over Bullfell Beck and shortly after took the right track heading towards Bannerdale. My objective is the east ridge up The Tongue which isnít showing as having a route up on the map but Wainwrights book shows a route up towards Bowscale Fell. A few shafts of chilly sunshine appeared in the Bullfell Beck valley and I was treated to a nice rainbow.
Looking down from The Tongue.
Up the main track I came to the ruined stone wall that Wainwright refers to as Ďa ruined bield in the brackení. I turned off right here along a faint path through the dying bracken. It climbed steadily and didnít present any problems. However the recent rain caused it to be very slippery higher up. The great views back down to Mungrisdale were very picturesque. Before the rock outcrops started I came to a flat spot which seemed just big enough for a tent. There was a reasonable phone signal but no water nearby.
Mungrisdale from The Tongue.
If I was to use it Iíd have to carry my water up from Bullfell Beck. Some of the higher surrounding fells were still in clout but the views improved a bit as I scrambled higher. Above the rocks the fells flattened to a grassy section fro a while and a nice small cairn. The continuing route became horribly wet and I diverted to the left to pick up a narrow path slightly below the ridge line. It eventually joined the main path up from Bannerdale. On the saddle I lost the views and had to negotiate some very boggy ground with frequent detours.
Small cairn on The Tongue.

 Solo walker on a snowy Sharp Edge.
Eventually I reached the saddle above the source of the River Glenderamackin. The Next part of my route was up the ridge towards Atkinson Pike. There was cloud above and wet snow on the hillside. To my left I could see a lone walker climbing the precarious Sharp Edge. Higher up the snow became a bit deeper and easier to negotiate. I said hello to a couple of groups of walkers coming down. When I reached Atkinson Pike all I could see was an expanse of white through the mist. It was just below freezing but the wind wasn't too bad. I reached the Ordnance Survey trig point marker ring and took a photo before starting my descent to the east below Hallsfell Top.

 Across Blencathra summit.

 The replaced trig point ring.
It was a very well engineered zig zag path and even with wet snow it wasn't a problem with care. Along Scales Fell I had impressive, though hazy views, as I descended below the cloud. Quite a few people were walking up even though it was around midday. Above Mousethwaite Comb I took the very indistinct path down the south side of Knotts.
It was very narrow but improved later to become a nive wide green path which wound its way easily down the hillside. I reached the road and continued through the gates to Southerfell cottages where I turned right down a wet track which is also the footpath. I followed it to the River Glenderamackin where I crossed over a nice and picturesque stone bridge. The path continued up to the road where I turned left to head back to my car. The overcast weather now turned rainy and for the last mile I walked in the rain and was glad I'd put full waterproof on.
Southerfell Cottages.

 Picturesque bridge over the River Glenderamackin.
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