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Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top)
868m (2849ft)

The Northern Fells, The Lake District, Cumbria, England

The summit of Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top) is marked by an Ordnance Survey Trig Point.


Record Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top) as Bagged, Climbed & Conquered


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English Mountain
16th highest in England,
38th in England & Wales

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Wainwright
(No. 14)

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English Nuttall
19th highest in England,
44th in England & Wales

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English Marilyn
8th highest in England,
285th highest in Great Britain

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English Trig Point (Pillar)

You can find Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top) & all the walks that climb it on these unique free-to-access Interactive Walk Planning Maps: (click/TAP to select)

The Lake District National Park


1:25,000 scale OS Explorer Map (the ones with orange/yellow covers):

OL5 The English Lakes - North Eastern area


1:50,000 scale OS Landranger Map (the ones with pink/magenta covers):

90 Penrith & Keswick, Ambleside


See Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top) and the surrounding tops on our free-to-access 'Google Style' Peak Bagging Maps:

See Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top) and the surrounding tops on our downloadable PDF Peak Bagging Maps:

NB: Whether you print off a copy on to paper or download it to your phone, these PDF Peak Baggers Maps will prove incredibly useful when your are up there on the tops and you cannot get a phone signal!


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You can walk to the top of Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top) by using any of these 5 easy‑to‑follow route maps:
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Walk c170 Blencathra or Saddleback via Hall's Fell Ridge from Threlkeld

Blencathra's 'other' ridge

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 3.75ml (6km)
Ascent:2,398ft (731m)
Time:3.75hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 5 Icon (Moderate)
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Walk c383 Blencathra via Sharp Edge from Scales

Lakeland's finest 'edge' walk - not for the faint hearted

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 5.25ml (8.5km)
Ascent:2,255ft (687m)
Time:4½ hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 5 Icon (Moderate)
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Walk c117 Blencathra and Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) via Sharp Edge from Scales

Lakeland's finest 'edge' walk - not for the faint hearted

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 6.25ml (10km)
Ascent:2,565ft (782m)
Time:4.75hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 6 Icon (Moderate)
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Walk c191 The Glendermackin Round from Mungrisdale

Popular round - pick a weekday

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 9.5ml (15km)
Ascent:3,070ft (936m)
Time:6½ hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 7 Icon (Hard)
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Walk c245 Blencathra from Mungrisdale

Popular round - pick a weekday

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 11ml (17.5km)
Ascent:3,264ft (995m)
Time:7.25hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 7 Icon (Hard)

Other walkers who hiked, climbed, bagged and summited Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top) Fellow go4awalkers who have already walked, climbed, summited & bagged Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top)

David Higginbottom walked up Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top) on April 23rd, 2024 [from/via/route] C245 [with] Carolyn [weather] Good

Martin Hartshorne climbed Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top) on January 12th, 2024 [from/via/route] Mungrisdale [with] finley [weather] Grey low cloud cold, up thro the clouds blue skies & sunshine, stunning - All you could see was the highest mountain peaks poking out of the cloud

Andy Dickinson has bagged Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top) [from/via/route] Scales

Neil Heywood hiked Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top) on July 20th, 2023 [from/via/route] Blencatgra visitor centre [with] Logan Heywood Mike Hills [weather] Mixed

Paul Macey summited Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top) on July 20th, 2023 [from/via/route] Using Walk 245 [weather] Mostly sunny some cloud towards end but not much 19 degrees at finish

Steve Lucas conquered Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top) on September 24th, 2021 [with] On my own

Rob Prikanowski scaled Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top) on June 7th, 2023 [from/via/route] c245 [weather] Cloudy, later sunny & warm.

Christine Shepherd walked up Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top) on April 23rd, 2006 [from/via/route] Walked from Scales. reached the summit via Sharp Edge & made the descent over Hall's Fell Ridge. [with] My daughter Rebecca [weather] Bright & cold - My daughter, a climber, persuaded my to go over Sharp Edge which I didn't really enjoy. However, I decided to climb Blencathra again by myself using walk c170 on 27.8.10, climbing via Hall's Fell Ridge & loved it. Climbed via Hall's Fell Ridge again 21.9.19 on the only fine day of a week's holiday.Used Scales Fell to climb Blencathra again on 10.8.2021. Climbed again using walk c245 but went up Scales fell not Sharp Edge on 3.4.23

Julian Bourne climbed Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top) on October 5th, 2018 [from/via/route] Scales [weather] Fine

Rob Bennion bagged Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top) on January 2nd, 2023 [from/via/route] Nearby Pub [with] Luke Bennion [weather] Cold, Clear, with Snow

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More Photographs & Pictures of views from, on or of Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top)

Great Mell Fell Summit cairn with Sharp Edge , Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top) beyond

Great Mell Fell Summit cairn with Sharp Edge , Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top) beyond

Photo: David Hayter (215)

High Rigg summit cairn - with Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top) beyond

High Rigg summit cairn - with Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top) beyond

Photo: David Baines (7)

Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top) in the Snow

Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top) in the Snow

Photo: Andy Brown (3)

Andy Brown on Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top)

Andy Brown on Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top)

Photo: Andy Brown (6)

Looking North along the High Rigg Ridge to Skiddaw (left) and Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top) (right)

Looking North along the High Rigg Ridge to Skiddaw (left) and Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top) (right)

Photo: David Baines (6)

Derwent Water from Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top) in the Snow

Derwent Water from Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top) in the Snow

Photo: Andy Brown (5)

*Skiddaw from Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top) with the Solway Firth in the distance

*Skiddaw from Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top) with the Solway Firth in the distance

Photo: Wayne Hill (57)

Sharp Edge, Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top)

Sharp Edge, Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top)

Photo: Wayne Hill (56)

A snow capped Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top) viewed from the summit of Skiddaw

A snow capped Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top) viewed from the summit of Skiddaw

Photo: Charles Murray (2)

Sharp Edge, Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top) from Bannerdale Crags

Sharp Edge, Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top) from Bannerdale Crags

Photo: Richard Nicholls (58)

Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top) and Sharp Edge from Little Mell Fell

Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top) and Sharp Edge from Little Mell Fell

Photo: Brian Tyler (1)

Derwent Water from a snowy Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top)

Derwent Water from a snowy Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top)

Photo: Andy Brown (2)

Sharp Edge from Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top)

Sharp Edge from Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top)

Photo: Chris Haselden (14)

Standing on the Ordnance Survey Concrete Ring on the summit of Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top)

Standing on the Ordnance Survey Concrete Ring on the summit of Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top)

Photo: Christine Shepherd (491)

Looking North along the High Rigg Ridge to Skiddaw (left) and Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top) (right)

Looking North along the High Rigg Ridge to Skiddaw (left) and Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top) (right)

Photo: David Baines (5)

Sharp Edge, Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top)

Sharp Edge, Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top)

Photo: Wayne Hill (55)


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