Blencathra & Halls Fell Ridge Walk

Difficulty
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Hard
Duration
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3.5-5h
Distance
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8.0 km
Elevation
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725 m
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Blencathra & Halls Fell Ridge Walk

The Blencathra & Halls Fell Ridge Walk is a moderate length walk in the Lake District that will see you do some light scrambling up a rugged ridgeline to reach the summit of Blencathra. Once there, you will experience some stunning views of the surrounding landscape, including Skiddaw to the northwest and Keswick to the southwest. This trail is fairly rugged and features a good amount of elevation gain, but the route is not overly exposed or dangerous, making it suitable for experienced walkers and casuals looking for a bit of a challenge.

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Route Description for Blencathra & Halls Fell Ridge Walk

Walking the Blencathra & Halls Fell Ridge Trail will see you traverse some steep, rocky, and uneven terrain along a ridgeline that leads to the summit viewpoint. To get the best footing on the trail, be sure to wear sturdy walking boots with good ankle support and bring poles for stability if need be. Additionally, the car park at the trailhead is fairly small, so arrive early if you want to secure a spot.

Setting out from the car park, the route heads to the north along Blease Gill before turning east along the foot of the mountain until you cross over Gate Gill. From here, you will pass by some mining operations as you climb uphill along the steep ridge in a northeastern direction. After slogging up the rugged terrain of Halls Fell Ridge, you will arrive at the summit viewpoint atop Blencathra, where you will enjoy views of neighbouring fells like Skiddaw and Lonscale. After taking in the views, make your way southeast to begin the steep descent of the mountainside. Once you have reached the foot of the hill, follow the road east to return to the car park where you began.

Getting to the Blencathra & Halls Fell Ridge Walk Trailhead

To reach the car park for the Blencathra & Halls Fell Ridge Walk from Keswick, head east on Penrith Road for 1.3 km and turn left onto Penrith Road/A591. After 0.8 km, merge onto the A66 and follow it for 3.5 km. Make a left and continue on for 0.6 km before turning left onto Blease Road. You will find the car park on the right in 0.3 km.

Route Information

  • When to do

    March-October

  • Backcountry Campsites

    No

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Older Children only

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Circuit

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