Threlkeld - Blencathra - Sharp Edge - Scales - Threlkeld

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Threlkeld - Blencathra Centre - Blencathra - Sharp Edge - Scales - Threlkeld

Blencathra is one of the most imposing mountains of The Lakes and dominates the northern entry along the A66 corridor towards Keswick. It stands alone and almost demands to be explored and enjoyed. Starting from the peaceful village of Threlkeld, this walk starts along country lanes before winding upward to the summit. Here the views are splendid, with mountain peaks stretching in all directions, particularly to the south and west.

The next part of the route is the descent of Sharp Edge, which is a spectacular, jagged finger of rock jutting out from the body of the mountain and leading down to the fells below. Sharp Edge is steep with exposed rock and should not be attempted in poor weather conditions. There is an alternative route for those who lack the confidence to descend by this route.

The return to Threlkeld is a pleasant walk under the shadow of Blencathra across undulating fell and meadow.

England - North England - Cumbria - Lake District - North East


Birds, Butterflies, Church, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, Toilets, Waterfall, Wildlife
03/01/2019 - John Quill

We managed to get lost on the lower slopes and would recommend that a few hundred yards from the car park (waymark 3) you look for a crossing and turn left to follow the path around the side of the mountain and up to Knowe Crags.

02/09/2012 - Stuart Edgar

Great walk, even though as relative novices we decided not to attempt Sharp Edge. One small word of warning between way markers 9 and 10 there's a crossing of a beck that ends up in a brief climb up a small rock face as the path appears to have been washed away. We did think twice about whether to attempt and turn around to head back to Scales and the road. Perhaps if you are inexperienced or don't fancy a climb, carry onto the path along the A6 at Scales would be a better option.

15/10/2008 - Phil and Sue Eptlett

We thank Mark for his comments. For the reasons stated that is why we put in the alternative route off Blencathra summit.

23/09/2008 - Mark Everson

This was certainly a demanding and difficult walk, although the effort is worthwhile for the stunning views. Just a word of warning, I would not recommend attempting to go down Sharp Edge in rain or poor visibility as it is extremely dangerous. I found myself having to retrace my steps and find another way down to the tarn. Unfortunately the previous week a family of three had fallen off Sharp Edge with one person being killed. Talking to one of the members of staff in George Fisher they would recommend walkers climb Sharp Edge only rather than attempting a descent.

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