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Threlkeld, Blease Gill, Gulch (west side), Gategill Ridge, Blencathra, Scales Fell, A66 path, Cumbria.
[9.95 km] Wed 06 Apr 2022

OS Grid ref: NY 31847 25601
Lat/Long: 54.620929, -3.056994

Driving north along the M6 was rather blustery. Passing Tebay both windsocks were horizontal with the westerly wind. I was beginning to think my planned Blencathra walk may be too difficult so was mentally planning an alternative low-level walk. I reached the car park at Threlkeld and was the only car there.
Kilnhow Beck.

 Path above the car park.

 View from Blease Gill.
My objective was to investigate a sheep track route I’d seen up Blease GIll that I saw a couple of weeks ago. The wind had subsided a bit so I set off on my planned route. Up the picturesque path by the river I continued up to the gate. I followed the path shown on the map that climbs Blease Fell roughly NW with the wall to my left. It was a grassy path and easay going. I kept gaining altitude to a small flat area where the sheep track took me to the right and in an almost straight line high above Blease Gill heading NE.

 Distant rain.

 Heading up the 'Gulch'
It was technically easy but a bit exposed. Below I could see the ‘gulch’ and possible routes. Last time I was here I climbed the east side via the old sheepfold but that is definitely the worst. I could see fairly easy terrain on the north side and so it turned out to be. I reached the bed of the gill and wandered up towards Gategill Fell ridge. The weather had cleared a bit but I could see rain was on the way. On the Blencathra summit path I reached the trig point concrete ring at ground level then started the zig zag descent towards Scales Fell.

 Blencathra trip point replacement ring is now damaged.

 A66 from Scales Fell.
It was here that I met the first walkers of the day. The rain started on the descent to the path above Scales Farm. I reached the A66 and followed the path to the old road then kept with the road all the way back to the car park. The rain continued to be quite heavy and eventually got through my waterproofs
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