Souther Fell: The Site of the Ghost Army
This is a lovely fell, small and manageable with a sunny aspect, between Keswick and Penrith. But it has a dark, chilling history. On several occasions in the mid-1700s a ghostly army was seen marching along the crest. On each occasion it took place on a Midsummer’s eve although those who saw it were ridiculed for telling tall tales until 26 (sober) people gathered there on Midsummer’s eve in 1745 and saw the troops going up the fell on horseback and then riding over a cliff. When they went back the next day, no physical evidence showed. It is thought that these troops were ghosts of those who had fled the battle of Culloden and had then launched themselves off the cliff.
There are many ways of climbing up Souther Fell. The easiest is to park near the White Horse (located on the A66 just outside Threlkeld). Follow the lane to the right of the White Horse as you are looking at it. Then follow the path up the hill to your left as though you are starting to walk up Blencathra. At the saddle at the top turn right instead of left.
Souther Fell is very handy for our Keswick cottages and also our Ullswater cottages. If you would like to walk up Souther Fell right from the front door of your holiday cottage, then come and stay at Scales View, Clough View, Blencathra View, and Glendale Cottage. Dogs and pets welcome.