Lonscale Fell - Route One

 

Start - Keswick NY 267 241 Distance - 3.8 miles Ascent - 2,370 feet Time - 2 hours : 40 minutes

 

 

Spooney Green Lane
Spooney Green Lane at the start of the walk.  Lonscale Fell can be seen right of centre
Latrigg Wood
Past Spooney Green house the lane enters Latrigg Wood
Leaving Latrigg Wood via the top gate and continuing along the track around the side of Mallen Dodd
Looking back to Derwent Water from the gate above Latrigg Wood
Carl Side and Skiddaw Little Man
Carl Side and Skiddaw Little Man from the track alongside Mallen Dodd
Nearing the car park at the end of Gale Road.  This provides an alternative start for the walk, but it is nearly always very busy and congested
Gale Road car park
Looking back to the car park at the end of Gale Road
The way ahead from the car park along the path to Skiddaw with Lonscale Fell on the left and Blease Fell on the right
The main path continues on to Skiddaw from a gate at the end of an enclosure.  The path to Lonscale Fell begins to descend towards Whit Beck
Descending to Whit Beck, the main path to Skiddaw can be seen on the left climbing the steep slope of Jenkin Hill
Looking back to the Helvellyn range from the path to Whit Beck
Whit Beck
Whit Beck
The path on from Whit Beck begins a gradual climb along the southern flank of Lonscale Fell towards the Glenderaterra Valley
Looking back to Jenkin Hill from the path above Whit Beck
The north western fells from the path which gives fine views to the south
The view ahead is dominated by Blease Fell, the western end of Blencathra, as the path approaches the Glenderaterra Valley
Clough Head and Great Dodd
Clough Head and Great Dodd
High Rigg and Helvellyn
A gate and stile mark the turn of the path above the Glenderaterra Beck
The usual way to climb Lonscale Fell is to simply follow the fence up from the gate, a dull ascent
The view back from the gate to Derwent Water
The Glenderaterra Valley
Lonscale Fell's east ridge comes into view on the left skyline
The path traverses below Lonscale Crags
Looking back to High Rigg and Helvellyn
The upper part of the Glenderaterra Beck
Looking back to Clough Head and Great Dodd
The path forms part of the Cumbria Way, a seventy mile long route between Ulverston and Carlisle
Another look back to Helvellyn
Approaching the foot of the east ridge
Great Calva and Knott from the foot of the east ridge
Looking along the Glenderaterra Valley on the climb up the east ridge
Looking up the lower part of the east ridge, there is no path amongst the scree and heather
 Looking north to Great Calva and Knott beyond the headwaters of the Glenderaterra
Midway up the east ridge, the summit of the east peak of Lonscale Fell is on the right
Helvellyn and a glimpse of Thirlmere from the half way point on the ridge
The upper part of the ridge
Great Calva and Knott from the east ridge
Great Calva and Knott above the Caldew Valley
The last steep section of the ridge
Looking down the ridge to the Glenderaterra Valley
A bit more of Thirlmere is visible now near the end of the climb
Near the top of the east ridge, the adjacent ridge of the north east buttress leading to the east top is on the right
Looking down the east ridge from the top of the north east buttress the Glenderaterra Beck is 1,500 feet below
From the east peak the actual summit of Lonscale Fell is about quarter of a mile to the south west across a shallow depression
Derwent Water from the east peak
Derwent Water from the east peak
Skiddaw from the east peak
Skiddaw Little Man and Skiddaw from the east peak
Looking over the curved ridge of Burnt Horse to Great Calva and Knott from the east peak
Carrock Fell and Bowscale Fell from the east peak
Carrock Fell over Mungrisdale Common with Bowscale Fell on the right
Blencathra from the east peak
Blencathra from the east peak
Clough Head and Great Dodd from the east peak
 Looking across the slopes of Blease Fell to Clough Head and Great Dodd
Helvellyn and Thirlmere from the east peak
Thirlmere from the east peak
The summit of Lonscale Fell
The summit of Lonscale Fell
Great Calva and Knott from Lonscale Fell
 Looking across the upper Caldew Valley to Great Calva, Knott and High Pike from the summit of Lonscale Fell
Blencathra from Lonscale Fell
Blencathra from the summit, the east peak of Lonscale Fell is on the left foreground
Helvellyn and Thirlmere from Lonscale Fell
Helvellyn and Thirlmere from the summit of Lonscale Fell
The central fells from Lonscale Fell
Derwent Water from Lonscale Fell
Derwent Water
The north western fells from Lonscale Fell
The north western fells

 

 

 

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