Blencathra / Saddleback

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  • United Kingdom England Lake District, Blencathra / Saddleback, Blencathra, Walkopedia
  • United Kingdom England Lake District, Blencathra / Saddleback, Blencathra, Walkopedia
  • United Kingdom England Lake District, Blencathra / Saddleback, Blencathra, Walkopedia
  • United Kingdom England Lake District, Blencathra / Saddleback, Blencathra, Walkopedia

Key information: Blencathra / Saddleback

  • One of the Lakes’ finest mountains, Blencathra sits in splendid isolation north-east of Keswick.
  • Its glory is its south/eastern faces, all cliffs and sharp ridges and glacial drama below its flat high ridge. Take in Sharp Edge, one of the Lakes’ best-known knife-sharp ridges, if you can.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating87
  • Beauty33
  • Natural interest15
  • Human interest8
  • Charisma31
  • Negative points0
  • Total rating87

Vital Statistics

  • Length: Variable
  • Maximum Altitude: 868m
  • Level of Difficulty: Strenuous

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Blencathra / Saddleback: Blencathra - ©Flickr user Alex Southward

WALK SUMMARY

One of the Lakes’ finest mountains, Blencathra sits in splendid isolation north-east of Keswick.

Its glory is its south/eastern faces, all cliffs and sharp ridges and glacial drama below its flat high ridge.

Various ascents for the south and east – it would be a shame not to create a circuit if you can. Climb via Scales Tarn and Sharp Edge, swing round the high summit ridge and descend the enjoyable Hall’s Fell Ridge.

Take in Sharp Edge, one of the Lakes’ best-known knife-sharp ridges, if you can.

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Blencathra / Saddleback: Blencathra - © Flickr user Ian Britton

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Blencathra / Saddleback: Blencathra - ©Flickr user Alh1

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Blencathra / Saddleback: Blencathra - ©Flickr user Andrew Wilkinson...
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