Blencathra is one of the Lake District’s most famous and dramatic mountains standing at 845 metres tall. Wainwright described Blencathra as ‘one of the grandest objects in Lakeland’ and wrote 36 pages in his chapter on Blencathra, more than he wrote on any other fell, and included 12 different routes of ascent.
One of our guests recently asked me to recommend a simple and easy walking route from our Lake District Cottages to the summit of Blencathra. It had to be suitable for ‘non spring chickens’, avoiding any of the sharp ridges. If you are able to walk a few miles uphill and prefer a grass slope to a rocky ridge, then this is the walk for you! Climbing Blencathra via Blease fell is one of the simplest routes to the top. Blease Fell is a wide, smooth and grassy hill on the western side of Blencathra. It has no sharp edge ridges or sheer drops, instead you follow a straightforward path following the wide curve of the fell to reach the top.
You can walk up Blease Fell from Threlkeld Village or for an easier option, park at the Blencathra Centre and you’re less than 500 metres away from the top of Blease Fell. There is a finger post sign at the foot of the climb to set you on your way. Once you have reached the top, you’ll follow a short and gentle ridge to the summit, which takes the walk to a total of 2.5 miles.
The true top of Blencathra is called Hallsfell Top, the highest point being 868m. Here you’ll discover glorious views over the surrounding fells - the vale of Keswick and the Helvellyn range. From the top, you have two options. You can retrace your steps and walk back the way you came making it a round trip of 5 miles. Alternatively (and more importantly, involving a pub) you can walk down to Scales. This down hill stretch is around 2 miles and finishes at the White Horse Inn - a fantastic pet friendly pub serving homemade food and local ales.
Leaving the pub, there is an easy walk across the fields at the bottom of the fell back to the Blencathra centre, or, you can finish this walk at Threlkeld, but as the village is lower down and further away than the start point at the Blencathra Centre this is a more challenging alternative.
We have several self catering Lake District cottages in Threlkeld, an ideal base for walking our easy Blencathra route.
Read more about Blencathra here.