Blencathra: up in the clouds

Sharp Edge


Blencathra is one of the mighty fells of the Lake District – holding its own next to Skiddaw. It is a high one at nearly 3000ft. It was one of our first Wainwrights when we took the slow, steady route up from the Field Studies Centre on the western side. Another day, rather spontaneously, with an unexpected morning off B&B duties one October day, we did it again. We had decided to take the eastern approach up to Scales Tarn and very soon you are up high, away from the busy-ness of Keswick and the chores you thought you needed to do. Before long we felt we needed the day off, not just the morning!

It was a magical walk – rewarded by sitting next to the tarn, enjoying the sounds of water and watching the drama of braver walkers traversing Sharp Edge. And the final climb up to the summit takes you right up into the clouds – joining the birds and the occasional paraglider! An atmospheric walk up the ‘mountaineer’s mountain’.

Paragliding in the lakes