Apr
28

Blencathra via Hall's Fell Ridge - Lake District (39580)

Event Overview

Easy access via the M6 - Relatively short walk but pretty epic!

Hurrying along with all the other traffic on the A66, looking up at Blencathra one cannot help but be moved by its shear scale, and those slender fingers of rock running southwards from its high ridge line must either frighten, or excite. Likely both, in equal measure, when contemplating walking any of them!

Hall's Fell Ridge, topping out at the highest point of Blencathra, is as Wainwright describes: "For active walkers and scramblers, this route is positively the finest way to any mountain top in the district" - a very high accolade indeed.

Once on th...

Easy access via the M6 - Relatively short walk but pretty epic!

Hurrying along with all the other traffic on the A66, looking up at Blencathra one cannot help but be moved by its shear scale, and those slender fingers of rock running southwards from its high ridge line must either frighten, or excite. Likely both, in equal measure, when contemplating walking any of them!

Hall's Fell Ridge, topping out at the highest point of Blencathra, is as Wainwright describes: "For active walkers and scramblers, this route is positively the finest way to any mountain top in the district" - a very high accolade indeed.

Once on the ridge there are many bypass paths which avoid some of the difficult sections, but much is still required. Even bypasses require good judgment, confidence, and movement skills to mitigate the risk of a simple slip ending over a precipice, or tumbling down steep grass and scree.

Not an event for someone who hasn't been walking in the likes of Wales, Lakes, Scotland who hasn't seen many scrambly bits.

If conditions are poor on the day we will assent Blencathra via one of the less scrambly routes.

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What to bring

It will probably be cold, make sure you have warm clothes

Recommended Kit List

•    Rucksack (with a plastic liner bag or cover)
•    Waterproof jacket and trousers
•    Walking boots and socks
•    Thermal base layer (synthetic fibres rather than cotton)
•    Fleece mid layer
•    Walking trousers
•    Hat and gloves
•    Lunch and drink
•    Small torch
•    Spare food
•    Spare warm layer

Optional
•    Sunglasses and sun cream (if that time of year!)
•    Extra thermal leggings and top (synthetic fibres rather than cotton)
•    Thermos flask
•    Camera
•    Gaiters
•    Trekking poles
•    Personal first aid and medication
•    Money for a pub stop at the end of the day!

Food & Drink

You’ll need to bring lunch with you and snacks to keep the energy up.  Don't forget to eat breakfast!! :)

Make sure you have plenty of water & fluids.  A flask of something hot is always good on a cold day.

Good Mountain Foods
•    Chocolate of course!
•    Sunflower seas
•    Banana’s
•    Nuts & dried fruit
•    Energy bars (especially the ones with oats)

At the end of the day if people are up for it we’ll have a drink if everyone’s up for it!

Meeting & Times

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Event Reference No:
39580