Saddleworth Discovery Walks: From moors to mountains

Chris Maylor, who runs a Saddleworth Discovery Walks blog and Facebook page, led a way across a section of the Pennine Way in a Day.

For more information about local walks, email Chris at saddleworthdiscoverywalks@gmail.com or visit his Facebook page or website.

OVER THE bank holiday weekend, a friend and I stretched our legs beyond Saddleworth’s moorland boundary to Cumbria’s Lakeland mountains.p35 sadd walks IMGP9494

Camping on the banks of Thirlmere, we spent the long weekend walking and scrambling in Britain’s best known National Park. One of the highlights was an outing onto the 2,800 feet summit of Blancathra.

Setting out from the tiny village of Threlkeld, near Keswick, we began our ascent of Scales Fell under clear skies. Under the rays of the midday sun we climbed steadily, pausing on occasions to savour the wonderful views below us along the unspoilt valley of St. John’s in the Vale.

At 1,900 feet, we reached the hidden, tranquil waters of Scales Tarn. Resting a while we relaxed under a soothing sun while enjoying a welcome snack in preparation for the next leg of our journey.

Scales Tarn marked the point from where we left the well-trodden fell-side paths to scramble up the rocky razor-edged ridgeline that is Sharp Edge.

p35 sadd walks IMGP9493Leaving the grassy fell-side, we now set hand and foot on bare Lakeland rock and began our ascent of Sharp Edge. After the first easy pitches we reached the rocky knife-edged ridgeline which gives this rocky spur its name. With exposed 200 feet drops on either side, this is no place for those with acrophobia.

Moving forward with care, we balanced along the razor-sharp edge like unprotected tight-rope walkers suspended above a bottomless chasm.

Once across this 2000feet balance-beam, we climbed the final easy rock pitch to reach the summit of Blencathra where we lingered lazily enjoying the far-reaching views across the Lake District National Park.

Leaving the lofty summit, we descended Halls Fell Ridge, which also offers some wonderful scrambling routes, to return to Threlkeld where we enjoyed a refreshing pint in the friendly Horse and Farrier Inn.

Saddleworth Discovery Walks will be holding a series of guided walks throughout the summer. For further details visit their website, Facebook page or email info@saddleworthdiscoverywalks.co.uk

 

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