Wednesday 11th November 2009


Start Point : Mungrisdale (NY 362 303)


Distance : 9.0 miles          Height Ascended : 680 metres


Route Map


Blencathra topped with a cap of cloud as seen from the end of the Mungrisdale road


The early morning sun catches the top of Bannerdale Crags (l), The Tongue (c) and Bowscale Fell (r)


Following the River Glenderamackin towards Scales Fell in the middle distance


Double Trouble - Violet and Hetty run of some energy


Bannerdale Crags – rather than a direct assault my route took me round the back following the River Glenderamackin


Another view further along the path


Hetty finds the water irresistible, Violet remains alert.


New tree plantings in the Glenderamackin valley - looking back to a distant and shadowed Carrock Fell


Sheep gathering on the lower slopes of Souther Fell


Rounding the shoulder of White Horse Bent and view ahead is dominated by Blencathra and Sharp Edge


The path, still above the River Glenderamackin, remains easy going with a gentle gradient


Brunt Knott, Sharp Edge and Atkinson Pike 


Sharp Edge


The head of the Glenderamackin valley


Atkinson Pike & Foule Crag

The path I was following keeping above and to the right of the River Glenderamackin (now more of a beck here)


Foule Crag


Climbers on Sharp Edge


The path up the valley ends with this view across Mungrisdale Common towards Great Calva and Knott


Mungrisdale Common and Back o’ Skiddaw


Bannerdale Crags’ summit cairn


Bowscale Fell across the summit rim of Bannerdale Crags


Bannerdale between The Tongue and Bannerdale Crags sunlit east ridge

The Eden Valley beyond stretching towards the northern Pennines.


Customary summit pose from Violet


For a brief period Bannerdale Crags catches a whisper of low cloud


Bannerdale and Souther Fell


Carrock Fell  from the summit of Bowscale Fell……………………….


…………………………….the view west includes Great Calva on the left and High Pike to the right


Bowscale Tarn


High Pike from the top of Tarn Crags


Looking up the valley of the infant River Caldew towards Great Lingy Hill