Blencathra avoiding any edges or crags

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By Graywoodhouse on 26/02/21 at 11:19pm

After much research and reassurance of my wife and daughter that there were no edges involved I dragged the family up Blencathra on a lovely day in August 2020. Starting from the small car park at Scales Farm we made our way up the track and into Mousthwaite Comb, the sight of the path as it diagonally ascends the face of the comb is quite impressive although the girls didn't enjoy edging around the large rocks at the top. From here we took the path that broadly follows the valley with views down to the river as far as scales beck. From here it's across the beck on a couple of stepping stones before following the path up the beck to the impressive Scales Tarn.

The girls stopped here for some wild swimming (not bad for their first swim since lockdown!) and me and the lad (and the dog) took the steep left hand path to the summit. Half way up this path we took the left-hand 'shortcut' which is nothing more than a rut that joins the main paths from Scales and Doddick fells. One final push up the zig-zags and we were on the summit which provided the best views of the holiday!

Returning the same way to meet the girls we had lunch by the tarn before following our footsteps back down the mountain. We took a short detour to investigate an alternative return path before the comb but it looked a bit 'craggy' so we avoided and returned back down the comb.

Some pics on my Strava feed

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