Blencathra, the view from the top


Blencathra is a magnificent mountain. The impressive and imposing southern face draws the eye and it has long served as a stunning subject for artists and photographers. When viewed from Castlerigg, Tewet Tarn or even Thirlmere, it is a handsome mountain indeed.

Wainwright was a huge fan of Blencathra. He called it a mountaineers’ mountain and decreed it to be ‘one of the grandest objects in Lakeland’. Not only that, he wrote 36 pages in his chapter on Blencathra, more than he wrote on any other Lake District mountain.

He listed 12 different routes of ascent, 7 of which are accessible from our self catering cottages in Threlkeld. Many of these are not for the faint hearted however, climbing rough gills and sharp precipices.

Luckily there are some simpler ways to climb to the 2,848 ft summit. Our walk over Blease Fell is one of them. There is also the popular route from Scales where we have 3 self catering cottages.

Here is a video taken from the summit after a snowy walk up from Scales. This is one of the most straightforward and popular routes to the top and made all the more popular because there is a rather good pub at the start/finish. We recommend saving your pint till you have finished though!