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Lonscale Fell by Burnt Horse

9th August 2020

Route Car park on Gale rd - Whit Beck - Cumbria way - Burnt Horse - Lonscale Fell East top - Lonscale Fell - Flag Pots - Skiddaw

" tourist " path - Gale rd ( about 6.5 miles 1800 ft ascent )


Our friend Lynn was spending a few day in Keswick so we had a ride up to walk with her. We were very lucky getting the last space on the Gale road car park so saving us a stiff walk up from Keswick. The main path to Skiddaw was busy but once we had started on the Cumbria Way around Lonscale Fell the people count dropped significantly and we only saw one or two mountain bikers.


Making our way along to Whit Beck. The main path to Skiddaw can be seen in the background. This was Sue's first visit to the Lakes since the lockdown so she was wondering how her fitness would be ( we have been walking locally for a few weeks now though )


As you turn the corner the path takes this dramatic route high above the valley of the Glenderaterra. Great Calva is the dark peak ahead..


Looking back to Clough Head and the Helvellyn Dodds.


One of the mountain bikers makes his way along the narrow rocky path I think if I had a bike I'd be pushing it here.


The East ridge of Lonscale, still on the to-do list.


We reach the fence which runs down over Burnt Horse and turn left

On the steady climb now looking over Mungrisdale Common to Atkinson Pike on Blencathra.


Skiddaw house youth hostel hidden in the trees. . Great Calva in the background.

Skiddaw Little man and Skiddaw from near the top of the first climb

The stile marking the top of the first section of the climb. From here the path undulates delightfully along the ridge.

Lonscale's east top on the right with Blease Fell on Blencathra on the left with the Helvellyn fells in the distance. We stop here in the lovely springy grass for our lunch.

We thought we might need our lunch to tackle the final steep climb up by the fence.

The view back from where the slope eases. The curved ridge of Burnt Horse is below then Great Calva is in the left foreground with Knott behind, then High Pike can just be seen then Carrock Fell and the very top of Bowscale Fell above Mungrisdale Common.

We leave the main path to detour over to the east top.

High Rigg, the Helvellyn fells Thirlmere and Steel Fell from the east top.

A peep over the edge to the valley 1500ft below.

The main top of Lonscale seen across the shallow depression between the tops. Skiddaw Lesser Man and Little Man in the background.

Keswick and Derwentwater from the main top. The day had become even warmer now but the blue skies from this morning have been replaced by a duller hazy cloud.

Zooming in on the Coledale fells.

And Scafell Pike and Great Gable.

And High Rigg with the Dodds and Helvellyn above.

Sue decided her fitness wasn't up to even the little climb over Jenkin Hill so we cut down the fell from Flag Pots and joined the " tourist " path This is looking down to Whit Beck..

Compulsory picture of the Hawell monument with Clough Head and Great Dodd behind..


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