A walk up Blencathra (via Sharp Edge) holiday cottages

A walk up Blencathra (via Sharp Edge)

Ruth 05 March 2021

We’ve had a fair few emails from people staying in our Lake District cottages saying which mountains they’ve enjoyed over the summer. One of the more popular ones for people staying in our Keswick cottages is Blencathra – drive along the A66 from Keswick towards Penrith and Ullswater and park just beyond Threlkeld and up you go.  


If you've decided to tootle up the mountain as many people have said many great things about it, one of the more exciting and challenging paths up is over Sharp Edge.  When you are going up, you might meet a fair few nervous ramblers and, indeed, the local paper (The Keswick Reminder) occasionally has articles about people falling off and either injuring themselves or worse, so it’s not a route to be taken lightly.  

Sharp Edge

Blencathra is one of the more interesting mountains and it’s good because it’s manageable in a few hours, leaving plenty of time to lie in the grass and watch the clouds.  


The mountain is also known as Saddleback because of its shape when you see it on your way to Keswick from Ullswater.  Many cottages in the area are called Saddleback or Blencathra after the mountain, and indeed here at Sally’s Cottages we have Blencathra View nearby which is available for holiday lets. Talking of cottage names, you can ascend Blencathra via Scales Fell – walking past Scales View holiday cottage to get there. Bannerdale Fell is just behind Blencathra (by Mungrisdale Common), the name of another of our Keswick cottages.   

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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