Walk c117 Blencathra and Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) via Sharp Edge from Scales

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


Route outline for walk c117:

Scales  -  Mousthwaite Comb  -  Scales Fell  -  Brunt Knott  -  Scales Beck  -  Scales Tarn  -  Sharp Edge  -  Atkinson Pike  -  Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top)  -  Gategill Fell Top  -  Knowe Crag (Blease Fell)  -  Scales




Peaks, Summits and Tops reached on this walk:

hewitt
1
English
Mountain
Wainwright
1
Wainwright
 English Nuttalls
3
English
Nuttalls
Dewey
0
English
Deweys
Wainwright Outlying Fell
0
Wainwright
Outlying Fells
marilyn
1
Marilyn
Bridget
0
Bridgets

Peak Bagging Statistics for this walk:

The highest point of this walk is Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top) at 868m (2849ft). Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top) is classified as an English Mountain (Hewitt) (16th highest in England, 38th highest in England & Wales) and a Wainwright (No. 14). Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top) is also known as an English Nuttall (19th highest in England, 44th highest in England & Wales) and an English Marilyn (8th highest in England, 285th highest in the UK). The summit of Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top) is marked by an Ordnance Survey Trig Point.

Completing this walk will also take you to the top of Gategill Fell Top at 852m (2796ft). Gategill Fell Top is also known as an English Nuttall (27th highest in England, 54th highest in England & Wales).

You will also reach the summit of Atkinson Pike at 845m (2773ft). Atkinson Pike is also known as an English Nuttall (30th highest in England, 58th highest in England & Wales).


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Some Photos and Pictures from Walk c117 Blencathra and Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) via Sharp Edge from Scales

In no particular order . . .

Walk c117 Blencathra and Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) via Sharp Edge from Scales - Andy Brown on Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top)

Andy Brown on Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top)

Photo: Andy Brown (6)

Walk c117 Blencathra and Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) via Sharp Edge from Scales - Skiddaw from Hallsfell Top summit cairn, Blencathra or Saddleback

Skiddaw from Hallsfell Top summit cairn, Blencathra or Saddleback

Photo: Alan Wainwright (130)

Walk c117 Blencathra and Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) via Sharp Edge from Scales - Atkinson Pike at the top of Sharp Edge, Blencathra or Saddleback

Atkinson Pike at the top of Sharp Edge, Blencathra or Saddleback

Photo: Alan Wainwright (134)

Walk c117 Blencathra and Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) via Sharp Edge from Scales - Knowe Crags and The Blencathra or Saddleback Ridge from Hallsfell Top

Knowe Crags and The Blencathra or Saddleback Ridge from Hallsfell Top

Photo: Alan Wainwright (125)

Walk c117 Blencathra and Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) via Sharp Edge from Scales - Knowe Crags from Hallsfell Top (Blencathra or Saddleback)

Knowe Crags from Hallsfell Top (Blencathra or Saddleback)

Photo: Andy Malcolm (149)

Walk c117 Blencathra and Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) via Sharp Edge from Scales - Gategill Fell, Threlkeld and The Glendermackin Valley from Blencathra or Saddleback

Gategill Fell, Threlkeld and The Glendermackin Valley from Blencathra or Saddleback

Photo: Alan Wainwright (128)

Walk c117 Blencathra and Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) via Sharp Edge from Scales - Me, halfway across Sharp Edge, trying to be brave

Me, halfway across Sharp Edge, trying to be brave

Photo: Paula Oldham (3)

Walk c117 Blencathra and Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) via Sharp Edge from Scales - Sharp Edge from Foule Crag, Blencathra

Sharp Edge from Foule Crag, Blencathra

Photo: David Hayter (300)

Walk c117 Blencathra and Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) via Sharp Edge from Scales - A walker negotiates the 'awkward place' on Sharp Edge

A walker negotiates the 'awkward place' on Sharp Edge

Photo: Andy Malcolm (146)

Walk c117 Blencathra and Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) via Sharp Edge from Scales - Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top) in the Snow

Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top) in the Snow

Photo: Andy Brown (3)

Walk c117 Blencathra and Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) via Sharp Edge from Scales - Sharp Edge in all its glory, Blencathra (or Saddleback)

Sharp Edge in all its glory, Blencathra (or Saddleback)

Photo: Alan Wainwright (120)

Walk c117 Blencathra and Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) via Sharp Edge from Scales - Celebrating at the top of Blencathra (or Saddleback) having successfully negotiated Sharp Edge

Celebrating at the top of Blencathra (or Saddleback) having successfully negotiated Sharp Edge

Photo: Paula Oldham (1)

Walk c117 Blencathra and Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) via Sharp Edge from Scales - Sharp Edge edge in all its infamous glory

Sharp Edge edge in all its infamous glory

Photo: Michael Lee (8)

Walk c117 Blencathra and Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) via Sharp Edge from Scales - Hallsfell Top

Hallsfell Top

Photo: Alan Wainwright (132)

Walk c117 Blencathra and Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) via Sharp Edge from Scales - Atkinson Pike and the top of Sharp Edge from Hallsfell Top summit cairn, Blencathra or Saddleback

Atkinson Pike and the top of Sharp Edge from Hallsfell Top summit cairn, Blencathra or Saddleback

Photo: Alan Wainwright (131)

Walk c117 Blencathra and Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) via Sharp Edge from Scales - Sharp Edge, Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top)

Sharp Edge, Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top)

Photo: Wayne Hill (56)

Walk c117 Blencathra and Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) via Sharp Edge from Scales - My mate Rich just strolling past the 'Bad Step' on Sharp Edge  without really noticing it!

My mate Rich just strolling past the 'Bad Step' on Sharp Edge without really noticing it!

Photo: Matt Smith (2)

Walk c117 Blencathra and Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) via Sharp Edge from Scales - Bannerdale Crags from Brunt Knott (Blencathra) below Sharp Edge

Bannerdale Crags from Brunt Knott (Blencathra) below Sharp Edge

Photo: Alan Wainwright (110)

Walk c117 Blencathra and Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) via Sharp Edge from Scales - Lonscale Fell, Burnt Horse and Skiddaw Little Man from Atkinson Pike

Lonscale Fell, Burnt Horse and Skiddaw Little Man from Atkinson Pike

Photo: Andy Malcolm (148)

Walk c117 Blencathra and Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) via Sharp Edge from Scales - Blencathra March 2012

Blencathra March 2012

Photo: Pat McHugh (1)

Walk c117 Blencathra and Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) via Sharp Edge from Scales - On Blencathra (or Saddleback)

On Blencathra (or Saddleback)

Photo: Sandra Littlewood (3)

Walk c117 Blencathra and Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) via Sharp Edge from Scales - Hallsfell Top Ridge rising to Hallsfell Top (the summit of Blencathra or Saddleback) from Atkinson Pike at the top of Sharp Edge

Hallsfell Top Ridge rising to Hallsfell Top (the summit of Blencathra or Saddleback) from Atkinson Pike at the top of Sharp Edge

Photo: Andy Malcolm (147)

Walk c117 Blencathra and Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) via Sharp Edge from Scales - Tackling Sharp Edge, Blencathra (or Saddleback)

Tackling Sharp Edge, Blencathra (or Saddleback)

Photo: Alan Wainwright (118)

Walk c117 Blencathra and Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) via Sharp Edge from Scales - Scales Tarn

Scales Tarn

Photo: Richard Heeley (7)

Walk c117 Blencathra and Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) via Sharp Edge from Scales - Clough Head and The Dodds from Blencathra (or Saddleback).

Clough Head and The Dodds from Blencathra (or Saddleback).

Photo: Liz Halpin (6)

Walk c117 Blencathra and Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) via Sharp Edge from Scales - On the top of Blencathra.

On the top of Blencathra.

Photo: Claire Rees (1)

Walk c117 Blencathra and Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) via Sharp Edge from Scales - Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top) in the Snow

Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top) in the Snow

Photo: Andy Brown (4)

Walk c117 Blencathra and Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) via Sharp Edge from Scales - Climbing Sharp Edge, Blencathra (or Saddleback)

Climbing Sharp Edge, Blencathra (or Saddleback)

Photo: Alan Wainwright (119)

Walk c117 Blencathra and Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) via Sharp Edge from Scales - *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)

Walk c117 Blencathra and Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) via Sharp Edge from Scales - Mungrisdale Common from Blencathra

Mungrisdale Common from Blencathra

Photo: David Hayter (299)

Walk c117 Blencathra and Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) via Sharp Edge from Scales - On Blencathra

On Blencathra

Photo: Roo Butler (2)

Walk c117 Blencathra and Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) via Sharp Edge from Scales - Eric and me on Blencathra

Eric and me on Blencathra

Photo: Amanda Hamlyn (6)

Walk c117 Blencathra and Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) via Sharp Edge from Scales - Derwent Water from a snowy Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top)

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

Photo: Andy Brown (2)

Walk c117 Blencathra and Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) via Sharp Edge from Scales - Skiddaw from Hallsfell Top, Blencathra or Saddleback

Skiddaw from Hallsfell Top, Blencathra or Saddleback

Photo: Alan Wainwright (133)

Walk c117 Blencathra and Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) via Sharp Edge from Scales - Sharp Edge from Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top)

Sharp Edge from Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top)

Photo: Chris Haselden (14)

Walk c117 Blencathra and Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) via Sharp Edge from Scales - Walking along Sharp Edge, Blencathra (or Saddleback)

Walking along Sharp Edge, Blencathra (or Saddleback)

Photo: Alan Wainwright (117)

Walk c117 Blencathra and Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) via Sharp Edge from Scales - Negotiating Sharp Edge, Blencathra (or Saddleback)

Negotiating Sharp Edge, Blencathra (or Saddleback)

Photo: Alan Wainwright (114)

Walk c117 Blencathra and Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) via Sharp Edge from Scales - Sharp Edge from Scales Beck

Sharp Edge from Scales Beck

Photo: Andy Malcolm (247)

Walk c117 Blencathra and Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) via Sharp Edge from Scales - Sharp Edge from Foul Crag, Blencathra or Saddleback

Sharp Edge from Foul Crag, Blencathra or Saddleback

Photo: Alan Wainwright (136)

Walk c117 Blencathra and Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) via Sharp Edge from Scales - Myself about to tackle Sharp Edge (Blencathra)

Myself about to tackle Sharp Edge (Blencathra)

Photo: Matt Smith (1)

Walk c117 Blencathra and Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) via Sharp Edge from Scales - Brunt Knott and Sharp Edge with Atkinson Pike above from Scales Beck

Brunt Knott and Sharp Edge with Atkinson Pike above from Scales Beck

Photo: Rob Barklamb (56)

Walk c117 Blencathra and Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) via Sharp Edge from Scales - Scales Tarn from Atkinson Pike at the top of Sharp Edge, Blencathra (or Saddleback)

Scales Tarn from Atkinson Pike at the top of Sharp Edge, Blencathra (or Saddleback)

Photo: Alan Wainwright (121)

Walk c117 Blencathra and Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) via Sharp Edge from Scales - Hallsfell Top summit cairn with Gategill Fell Top and Knowe Crags in the background Blencathra or Saddleback

Hallsfell Top summit cairn with Gategill Fell Top and Knowe Crags in the background Blencathra or Saddleback

Photo: Alan Wainwright (129)

Walk c117 Blencathra and Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) via Sharp Edge from Scales - Gategill Fell Top with Knowe Crags beyond from Hallsfell Top, Blencathra or Saddleback

Gategill Fell Top with Knowe Crags beyond from Hallsfell Top, Blencathra or Saddleback

Photo: Alan Wainwright (127)

Walk c117 Blencathra and Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) via Sharp Edge from Scales - On Blencathra

On Blencathra

Photo: Roo Butler (1)

Walk c117 Blencathra and Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) via Sharp Edge from Scales - Sharp Edge from Scales Tarn, Blencathra (or Saddleback)

Sharp Edge from Scales Tarn, Blencathra (or Saddleback)

Photo: Alan Wainwright (112)

Walk c117 Blencathra and Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) via Sharp Edge from Scales - Sharp Edge, Blencathra

Sharp Edge, Blencathra

Photo: Dave Eatock (1)

Walk c117 Blencathra and Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) via Sharp Edge from Scales - Scales Tarn from the start of Sharp Edge, Blencathra (or Saddleback)

Scales Tarn from the start of Sharp Edge, Blencathra (or Saddleback)

Photo: Alan Wainwright (113)

Walk c117 Blencathra and Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) via Sharp Edge from Scales - Sharp Edge from Atkinson Pike, Blencathra (or Saddleback)

Sharp Edge from Atkinson Pike, Blencathra (or Saddleback)

Photo: Alan Wainwright (122)

Walk c117 Blencathra and Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) via Sharp Edge from Scales - Mungrisdale Common from Atkinson Pike, Blencathra or Saddleback

Mungrisdale Common from Atkinson Pike, Blencathra or Saddleback

Photo: Alan Wainwright (135)

Walk c117 Blencathra and Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) via Sharp Edge from Scales - Approaching Knowe Crags, Blencathra or Saddleback

Approaching Knowe Crags, Blencathra or Saddleback

Photo: Alan Wainwright (126)

Walk c117 Blencathra and Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) via Sharp Edge from Scales - Blencathra or Saddleback from Gategill Fell

Blencathra or Saddleback from Gategill Fell

Photo: Richard Nicholls (57)

Walk c117 Blencathra and Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) via Sharp Edge from Scales - Sharp Edge

Sharp Edge

Photo: Andy Malcolm (145)

Walk c117 Blencathra and Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) via Sharp Edge from Scales - Sharp Edge and Scales Tarn from Atkinson Pike, Blencathra (or Saddleback)

Sharp Edge and Scales Tarn from Atkinson Pike, Blencathra (or Saddleback)

Photo: Alan Wainwright (123)

Walk c117 Blencathra and Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) via Sharp Edge from Scales - Hallsfell Top, Blencathra

Hallsfell Top, Blencathra

Photo: David Hayter (298)

Walk c117 Blencathra and Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) via Sharp Edge from Scales - Sharp Edge, Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top)

Sharp Edge, Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top)

Photo: Wayne Hill (55)

Walk c117 Blencathra and Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) via Sharp Edge from Scales - On Sharp Edge, Blencathra (or Saddleback)

On Sharp Edge, Blencathra (or Saddleback)

Photo: Alan Wainwright (116)

Walk c117 Blencathra and Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) via Sharp Edge from Scales - Atkinson Pike and Sharp Edge from Mousthwaite Comb

Atkinson Pike and Sharp Edge from Mousthwaite Comb

Photo: Andy Malcolm (246)

Walk c117 Blencathra and Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) via Sharp Edge from Scales - 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)

Walk c117 Blencathra and Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) via Sharp Edge from Scales - Hall's Fell Ridge from Hallsfell Top, Blencathra or Saddleback

Hall's Fell Ridge from Hallsfell Top, Blencathra or Saddleback

Photo: Alan Wainwright (124)

Walk c117 Blencathra and Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) via Sharp Edge from Scales - 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)

Walk c117 Blencathra and Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) via Sharp Edge from Scales - Sharp Edge in, Blencathra (or Saddleback)

Sharp Edge in, Blencathra (or Saddleback)

Photo: Alan Wainwright (115)

Walk c117 Blencathra and Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) via Sharp Edge from Scales - Scales Beck

Scales Beck

Photo: Alan Wainwright (111)

Walk c117 Blencathra and Knowe Crags (Blease Fell) via Sharp Edge from Scales - Sharp Edge from Mousthwaite Comb

Sharp Edge from Mousthwaite Comb

Photo: Alan Wainwright (109)


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