Northern Lake District

Route: Blencathra and Mungrisdale Common

Area: Northern Lake District

Date of walk: 6th February 2013

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 7.7 miles

Ascent: 2,300 feet

We started the walk from the Blencathra Centre near Threlkeld, and followed the zig zag path up Blease Fell. There was plenty of snow higher up so we put on our microspikes. The views were clear and we could see for miles – a beautiful day – but very cold. The summit of Blencathra (2,847 feet) was not a place to linger. An Arctic blast came in from the north and the wind chill factor made it minus 18c. Brrrrr, a good job we were well layered up for this one. We walked along the summit escarpment of Blencathra, where there were huge snow cornices overhanging the edge.

We then descended to the featureless top of Mungrisdale Common (2,076 feet). Somewhere between the two summits I’d dropped my camera and we had to retrace our steps to find it. Luckily ours were the only footprints in the snow so it only took 10 minutes or so, but it was a worrying 10 minutes nonetheless. We descended along a lovely terraced path above Glenderaterra Beck and back to the car

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