|Area:||Lake District - Northern Fells|
|Classification:||Wainwright, Birkett, Marilyn, Hewitt, Nuttall, and HuMP|
(also Fellranger, Synge, Sim, and Tump)
|Maps:||OL5(S) Explorer or 90 Landranger|
|Grid Ref:||NY323277 Hills nearby: 5km 10km 20km|
|Summit:||rock 1m N of trig point - photos|
|Notes:||ground 2m N of trig point about as high|
|Daylight:||dawn 05:47, sunrise 06:25, sunset 20:02, dusk 20:40|
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.
Why not try walking up this hill using one of our walks:
Other walkers registered on our site who have already walked up this hill include: @woody, adgl, AGJ64, ahampson (twice), ajdowsett, alanm9, Andrew McKillop, Andy Duff, awall, beckylindeman, benbrewins, bentonrambler, beth, Billygoat75, Boss_keloid, bryanatk, budgie, buffer (twice), CarlandHay, CARLOS, Carolwildbird, cejackson1951 (x3), CEW (x5), Chr15D, Chris Mac, Chris the rambler, chrisandbex, chrisfry35 (x9), clmyers, Cydonia (twice), daleheadged, DANE2766, Daniel278, DaphneLibby, darmour, darrendixon, Darrenh, Dave Martin, Daveg1987, digby, DJSibbald, Dominicrobertson, domusmantell, Drhelenward, Drpjohnston, drsylvester68, dsutton101, DukeNukem, duncbarnes, Dunkman, elbog_20, emilyholdsworth, euant (twice), fellwalker68, fidds (twice), fizzerfox (x3), frizzwig, frothyraptor, gallowshill (x3), gbh, gerard.hurst (x4), Gillian7660, gilly_3886, Ginty (x4), Glenosborne, GraemeLackford, HannantMark, highdave, hillbilly (twice), Howdo, Hubbards, i2am2no2man, ja5ca, James82 (twice), jegger, Jennie, jezsheona, JimRiley, john09cw, JordWill, jplyons, js1995, JSutton, Kerrymaffwalk, King of the Tops (x3), koczur, kwetal, Lakeviewlad (twice), Lancashire Lad (x8), lee1471, leedrich, luverlyjuberly, macca69 (x4), MarjWatson, mattmanutd, mike palmer, Mikew92 (twice), MrAndyG, navdave, olnstef, On The Rivet, pah800, PaulG1952 (x3), peterb, pjstephenson, rampton60 (twice), Rosehip, RuslandRambler, samross, ScoutScarShuffler, sgrice56, SheepFarmer, Shortnick, spookyfish, springfishblue, Squareybee, starfury6, Stephenmshanks, Steve Britton, Steve18566, steve71 (x3), StevetheRover (twice), Strangerclur, Susanna, Sylwia J Kociemba (x4), tiamaria, Tirama, TONYL31, TonyRogerson, trina, Trott, VickyV, vinmac, wak, walsh581, and wolfgangb.
In our forum you can read the following walk reports which include this hill: