Climbing Blencathra

Walking Blencathra - Introduction

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Where Is Blencathra?

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Blencathra is a Mountain that is located in the UK specifically England. Its found in the North East of England within the Lake District, Blencathra is the 14th highest mountain in The Lake District.

Above is an image that locates where Blencathra is in the UK. You can check on google Maps how long it will take you to get to Blencathra from your location.   

Travel To Blencathra

There are many ways you can get to Blencathra if you live within the UK and are not immediately local to Blencathra, the easiest option would be to drive. Below are the different transport options on how to get to the base of the mountain. 

- Car 

There are Two main routes up Blencathra with different parking locations. Sharp Edge -CA12 4SY - Scales, Halsfell ridge - CA12 4TZ  - Threlkeld Cricket Club

- Train 

There is no public transport to the location of Blencathra however the nearest train station to Blencathra is Penrith Station.

How High Is Blencathra?


Blencathra is the 14th tallest mountain in The Lake District standing at 868m (2,848 ft).

How Long Does It Take To Walk Up Blencathra?

The time it will take you to Walk Blencathra will vary depending on your level of fitness.

Blencathra Sharp Edge

Distance -  4.4Km / 2.7 miles 

Time - 2 - 3 hours

Ascent - 623m

Halsfell Ridge

Distance -  2.8Km / 1.7 miles 

Time - 1.5 - 2.5 hours

Ascent - 686m

Routes up Blencathra

As Mentioned above their are two main routes up Blencathra. Detailed below are the stages of routes up Blencathra.

Blencathra Sharp Edge

Stage 1 - From Low Cottage folow a stony track that rises up the fellside to the intake wall. Pass through the wall and turn right, following the path as it starts to climb up the lower slopes of Scales Fell. The path becomes steeper, eventually turning to climb directly up the fellside. As the gradient begins to ease, you will reach a grassy saddle that separates Souther Fell from Scales Fell. From the saddle, head northwest along a path that remains broadly level as it follows the valley. You will begin to see Sharp Edge looming up ahead. The path will reach Scales Beck. Leave it here to climb a set of stone steps to reach Scales Tarn. Upon reaching Scales you will see sharp edge ahead.

Stage 2 - From the Tarn, an obvious path climbs up to the footings of Sharp Edge where you will find a series of short, rocky steps  Eventually, you will emerge and be faced with a classic view of Sharp Edge as it curves up towards Foule Crag. Follw the ridge scramble up to Foule Crag.

Stage 3 - Eventually you will reach the rim of Blencathra after climbing Sharp Edge. From here a stony path follows the edge of the fell and makes the final, short climb up to Blencathra’s summit, marked by a stone ring set in the ground.

Stage 4 -  From the summit there are numerous ways off the fell – the easiest being a descent of Scale Fell or a longer walk along the spine of the fell to Blease Fell. It is possible for you to re trace your steps and head back the way you came however it may be a bit tricky heading down sharp edge.

Halsfell Ridge

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Blencathra Weather

The Weather conditions on Blencathra can be unpredictable, this is due to the fact that mountain ranges tend to create their own conditions. So you should be aware that weather conditions on Blencathra can change rapidly and often for the worst. A good day at sea level is no guarantee of good weather on the mountain! You should Be safe and prepared before climbing. 

Before going to climb Blencathra you can check the forecast on the Met Office

Although the weather may chop and change, Blencathra Does get hotter in the summer and colder in the winter, Below is a table of the average temperature on Blencathra during the year. The Top numbers are the highest average and the bottom are the lowest.

Blencathra Temperature

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
2°C 2°C 4°C 6°C 10°C 12°C
-4°C -4°C -3°C -1°C 1°C 4°C
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
14°C 13°C 11°C 8°C 4°C 2°C
6°C 5°C 3°C 1°C -2°C -3°C
This Table is a rough Guide of the average temperature on Blencathra for Pre planning, Please check the weather before you start your climb on Blencathra.

Best Month To Climb Blencathra

The Best Month to climb Blencathra depends on what you want to experience when climbing Blencathra.  For example If you would like to climb Blencathra on a hotter/clearer day then in the Mid summer would be the best time to climb, you can locate the tables on the average sunlight hours and  the average temperature during the year on Blencathra, These two tables may give you a rough idea on what month you will want to climb Blencathra. 

You may also want to know what the most popular month is to climb Blencathra to either avoid or join the many people who climb the mountain each year. The most popular time to climb Blencathra is usually during the summer, With the Winter being the more quieter times due to the worse conditions and daylight hours on the mountain. 

Best Time To Climb Blencathra

The best time to climb Blencathra will depend on the season you are climbing in and what you want to experience when climbing. Below is a table on the average sunrise and sunset times during the year.  When you go to book your trip please check the weather. The table is a rough guide so you can estimate what time you would like to climb.

Average Total Sunlight

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
08:15 07:30 06:30 05:20 05:10 04:40
16:25 17:20 19.30 20:20 21:10 21:45
8h 00m 10h 00m 12h 00m 14h 00m 16h 00m 17h 00m
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
05:00 05:50 06:50 07:15 07:40 08:25
21:20 20:30 19:25 17:45 16:20 15:55
16h 30m 15h 00m 13h 00m 10h 30m 8h 30m 7h 30m
This Table is a rough Guide for Pre planning, Please check the weather before you start your climb on Blencathra.

Blencathra Navigation

The main routes up Blencathra can be fairly simple on a clear day, however in bad conditions it can be difficult because of the low visibility. The scrambles up the ridge will be tricky in bad visibility as you may not be able to to the correct path up, navigation skills when climbing this mountain would be advised.

What Do I Need To Bring When Climbing Up Blencathra?

The ideal kit list when climbing Blencathra will vary slightly depending on what season you are climbing in, in the winter you will need warmer clothes and base layers etc, however the essentials will pretty much stay the same.

Warm and waterproof clothing

These items are essential all year round due to the temperamental conditions on Blencathra, in the summer it may be hot at the base of the mountain, however the conditions will get slightly cooler and could become drastically worse at the the top, due to this make sure you bring waterproofs and warm clothing up with you.

A pair of good walking boots

You will need a pair of decent walking boots regardless of the weather or temperature when climbing Blencathra.

Useful Hiking Equipment

You will need to bring essential bits of hiking equipment when climbing Blencathra. These items consist of a map, compass, torch, whistle and first Aid Kit. You can also bring trekking poles, however they are not essential.

Food and Water

Blencathra is a long days hike regardless of which route you are taking so it is a must that you bring plenty of food and drink with you when climbing. you MUST take your litter down the mountain with you!

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