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Blencathra - Hallsfell Top

Area:Lake District - Northern Fells
Classification:Wainwright, Marilyn, Hewitt, Nuttall, and Birkett
OS Maps:OL(S) Explorer or 90 Landranger
Grid Ref:NY323277         Hills nearby: 5km 10km 20km
Summit:rock 1m N of trig point
Notes:ground 2m N of trig point about as high
Daylight:dawn 03:58, sunrise 04:49, sunset 21:29, dusk 22:19
External links:Hill Summit Areas photo

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It was Wainwright who popularised the ancient Cumbric name of Blencathra, since before him for a while it was referred to as Saddleback. It has five tops of which this is the highest. Running from east to west they are: Scales Fell, Doddick Fell, Hall's Fell, Gategill Fell, and Blease Fell. The three central tops have rough and rocky ridges heading south towards Threlkeld, but it is round the corner to the north that the narrow arête of Striding Edge can be found. It is not to be underestimated, a walker with moderate scrambling ability and a head for heights will manage with care. However, in winter it becomes a serious proposition even for those well equipped. In the wet its laminated slate/rock becomes greasy and dangerous as a slip on the knife edge arête can be fatal. The outer fells of Blease and Scales are grassy slopes and make quick descent routes in poor weather.

The name "Saddleback" came from the col, or saddle, connecting with the sixth top named Atkinson Pike on the OS 25K map.

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Other walkers registered on our site who have already walked up this hill include: PaulG1952 (x3), ajdowsett, Boss_keloid, ja5ca, hillbilly (twice), TONYL31, peterb, vinmac, On The Rivet, drsylvester68, Dunkman, Daniel278, fizzerfox, daleheadged, Chris the rambler, jplyons, Chris Mac, CarlandHay, budgie, Carolwildbird, AGJ64, koczur, walsh581, Jennie, beth, StevetheRover, i2am2no2man, Andy Duff, GraemeLackford, Shortnick, digby, chrisandbex, macca69 (x4), cejackson1951 (x3), and Steve Britton.

If you need accommodation we have details of 16 properties offering rooms near Blencathra - Hallsfell Top. Here are some examples:

4 Sykes Cottages Assessed Cottage
Westies, Keswick
£470-1044 per week
6.7km (4.2 miles) away, sleeps 8

The Keswick Country House (Choice hotels), Keswick
£112-208 per night
6.5km (4.0 miles) away

4 AA Assessed
Cragside Guest House, Keswick
£75+ per night
6.7km (4.1 miles) away

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