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Scales, Atkinson Pike, Blencathra, Threlkeld, Cumbria.
[15.7 km]  Mon 31 May 2021

 
OS Grid ref: NY 34328 26879
Lat/Long: 54.632748, -3.018855
Torrential rain on the M6 m
 
Bank Holiday Monday and the warmest day of the year so far. The M6 motorway was fairly clear on my drive north but when I reached Scales on the A66 there were many people around even though it was 07:45am. I left my car in a layby on the south side of the road where there was shade under bushes.
White Horse Inn, Scales.
Walking past the White Horse Inn there were many walkers already out on the lane and heading up the fell. I was on the minor lane towards Mungrisdale and when I reached the first gate I turned left to head up the track up the fellside. Its a quiet path and I had it to myself.
Lots of walkers.
Higher up the on-line map shows the path route where there is no trace on the ground. The actual path is correctly shown on the O.S. map. I reached the path junction at the top of Mousethwaite Comb where there were many walkers heading up the fells and also coming down. I descended to the footbridge over the River Glenderamacking and followed the track up to Mungrisdale Common. All the fells were bathed in sunshine but looking up Sharp Edge there were many walkers scrambling up and some not properly equipped.
Distant view of Clough Head.
At the high poi
At the saddle I turned left to head up towards Atkinson Pike but at Blue Screes left the path to head across the base of the screes roughly along the contour. My objective was to check a spring Id used 10years ago on a backpack trip. I reached a good sheep track and continued to the line of the stream. I found the spring at the source of the stream and it was clear and running out of the mountain and not off it.

 Blencathra.
I then set off straight up the north side of Blencathra following the line of the higher dry stream. As the gradient eased I found a couple of possible camping spots with a phone signal but I was now getting close to the main paths and could hear many people up ahead. On the summit and the top ridge of Halls Fell I was disappointed to see the new (ish) trig point marker ring had been damaged with a chunk out and a crack. Lots of people were out enjoying the sunshine and it was good to see many family groups. It was a bit hazy but still with good distant views.

 Blencathra & the Trig Point marker ring

 Damaged marker ring.
I followed the summit ridge to the SW then down the steep zig zag descent. Following the minor south path I reached the track along the contour and turned east then steeply down towards Blease Farm. along the wall I teached the path down through the woods to Threlkeld car park and down to the road.

 West view along Blencathra.
It was a nice warm sunny walk along the old road through the trees to pick up the path along the A66. I got back to my car and was glad Id left it in the shade as it was cool inside. The volume of traffic was incredible and it took a long time to cross the road and both traffic streams eemed continuous. I headed back to the M6 at Penrith and waited ages at the traffic lights to get on the motorway. Heading south was busy but near Lancaster the traffic slowed right down for several miles but fortunately kept moving.
 
   
 
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