Blencathra / Saddleback

  • Blencathra - © Flickr user Alh1
  • Blencathra - © Flickr user Alex Southward
  • Blencathra - © Flickr user Alh1
  • Blencathra - © Flickr user Andrew Wilkinson
  • Blencathra - © Flickr user Chris
  • Blencathra - © Flickr user Ian Britton

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.
    • 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.
    • There are no less than 25 inspiring Cicerone guide books on the Lake District (their speciality)! Have a look at their website. Find relevant books by using Amazon search function:

    • See our Lake District page for further photos and general and practical information.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating87.5
  • Beauty32.5
  • Natural interest15.5
  • Human interest8
  • Charisma31.5
  • Negative points0
  • Total rating87.5

Vital Statistics

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

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Blencathra - ©Flickr user Alex Southward
Blencathra - ©Flickr user Alh1

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