Blencathra (Saddleback)

Blencathra, also known as Saddleback, is a challenging and rugged fell in the English Lake District.

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This guide will provide information on a strenuous walk up Blencathra.

This Blencathra climb is a straightforward and well-trodden path.

You’ll start from the car park located at Grid Ref NY 302 256 and head up Blease Fell on a winding path that is relatively easy and pleasant to walk on.

At the summit, you’ll find yourself on a broad plateau with steep drops on both sides.

This vantage point provides stunning views of Derwent Water, Thirlmere, and several of the most popular Lake District peaks, such as Scafell Pike and the Old Man of Coniston.

The panoramic views extend beyond the Lakes, reaching as far as the Pennines and even the Isle of Man.

For this route, you’ll return the same way you came to complete the ascent.

However, if you’d like to make your hike longer and end with a rewarding pub dinner, you can descend via Scales Tarn and Scales Fell, which will bring you to the village of Scales, where the White Horse Inn serves delightful food.

Please note that this walk is unsuitable for inexperienced or those with a fear of heights, as it involves some challenging and exposed terrain.

It is also essential to be adequately equipped for the walk, with appropriate clothing and footwear, a map and compass, and a fully charged mobile phone.

In conclusion, Blencathra is a formidable and rewarding challenge for experienced walkers, offering breathtaking views and a sense of accomplishment.

Remember to respect the fell and the environment, and always follow the country code.

Estimated Total Time: 6 – 7 hours (for ascent and descent)

Ideal for: Adults with a moderate level of fitness and older children.

This guide should help you plan a safe, enjoyable, hard fell walk on Blencathra (Saddleback).

Remember to respect the environment and always put safety first. Happy hiking!

Disclaimer: Please note that every attempt has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information provided at the time of writing.However, it is essential to verify the information carefully before making any decisions based on the contents of this article.