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Threlkeld, Blease Fell, Blencathra, Scales Fell, A66, Cumbria.
[11.4 km] Wed 10 Apr 2024

OS Grid ref: NY 31847 25601
Lat/Long: 54.6209290,-3.0569940

Sunrise on the climb.

Distant view of Keswick.
The weather forecast was grim with heavy rain due around 11am. I decided to set off earlier so I could be up Blencathra and part way down before the rain hit. I started from the Threlkeld car park under heavy cloud and set off up Kilnhow Beck to the base of Gategill Fell. Turning left I followed the path that runs steeply up the hillside above Blease Farm. It joins a green way with a much gentler gradient but by now I was in cloud and not much to see.
Mist on the climb

Damaged trig point.
I missed the run off to the right and had to do a diagonal climb up the fell to join the correct path. Higher up I reached the zig zag that takes the route up Blease Fell. There was no rain but the westerly wind was getting stronger. There were a few other walkers about and also runners wearing shorts in the cold mist. With nothing to see I pressed on to the summit of Blencathra and the Ordnance Survey trig point marker ring.
Damaged trig point.
A few years ago the ring had been removed and disposed of so replacement was made and fitted. I was very disappointed to see that the replacement now had a large chunk knocked out of it. It was cold and very windy so I continued to descend to Scales Fell and get out of the wind. As I got lower the walking was more pleasant and thankfully the expected rain hadnít arrived yet. I joined the A66 at Scales Farm and only had a couple of miles of road to walk back to the car. Approaching Threlkeld some rain came but nothing near the forecast.

Milepost at Scales.


The old A66.
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