|Route taken on 21st July 2011 from A66 Car Parking at Scales|
After one mile Nick took off on the well hewn path over Scales Fell and Geoff and I continued towards our first ascent of Sharp Edge which we could clearly see ahead of us. None of us had ever climbed Blencathra, the second highest of the Northern Fells group after Skiddaw, before. The weather was fine, cloudy but dry with little wind, and this boosted our confidence. At 10.45am we were at the foot of Sharp Edge. From there to the top took Geoff and I just 15 minutes. We could pick out Nick in his red jacket ascending the ridge on Scales Fell as we went across. All three of us arrived at the top within a minute or so of each other.
|Geoff starts his ascent of Sharp Edge|
|Geoff completes his ascent of Sharp Edge|
|Geoff - Nick - Phil - the three of us reunited on the top of Blencathra|
|Ordnance Survey stone ring on Blencathra|
|Keen Fellwalkers Arthur & Linda Jenkinson - friends of friends (see text)|
|The disappointing Mungrisdale Common "summit"|
We both completed 41 radio contacts over the four summits.
From Scales we drove across the Lake District to Great Langdale to check in at our B&B for the night. We stayed over at an excellent spot called Robinson Place Farm, run by Vicky Edmundson. This turned out to be a tenanted farm owned by the National Trust. I was so delighted with this establishment that I made an entry in Trip Advisor and said so, which I do on occasion if I am delighted or if I am dissapointed.
The next day I was to complete my round of 214 Wainwright Fells with a climb over Bow Fell, Esk Pike and finally Rossett Pike which was my last of the 214 summits listed in the pictorial guides.
For an alternative walk I did in September 2012 up Blencathra via Hall's Fell ridge, continuing to Lonscale Fell, Skiddaw and Carlside check out this link: