Blencathra Walk From Threlkeld Village

Blencathra From Great Mell Fell

Blencathra From Great Mell Fell

Blencathra Walk From Threlkeld

Blencathra is a well known Lake District mountain which can easily be seen as you approach Keswick from Penrith on the A66.

There are several possible accents of Blencathra walk as you would imagine although for the first attempt at walking this famous peak. I would suggest starting from the village of Threlkeld and as you enter the village from the Penrith side look for a road on your right leading to the Blencathra visitor’s center. There is a small car park on your right as you travel upwards on this country road.

Blencathra Walk From Threlkeld

Leaving the car park in the village of Threlkeld you will follow the valley and start to climb a gradual slope and ultimately cross a stream. Then traversing the fields leftwards and following the stone wall you will see a track on your right that will start to climb sharply and this is your accent upwards to the summit of Blencathra.

This route is a lot easier than the world famous “Sharp Edge” route and a lot less dangerous. It is suitable for children as I have walked it with my children and the views from the top are stunning on a clear day.

There is a half way point on this route up Blencathra where you will be able to see Derwent Water and Keswick then the footpath takes on a slight zig zag as the path follows the contours of the steep gradient, thus making the walk a little easier than directly upwards.

On reach the relatively level part of the pathway the route is clearly visible to the summit. If you are thinking of taking a break at the summit and maybe even having some lunch, I will say that it can be windy here, therefore it might be advisable to enjoy 2 or 3 small lunch breaks during your walk. This also allows for you to take in the views easily.

Once at the summit you can see Sharp Edge and if you walk a little closer you will usually get some great photographs of people ascending via this route. The route down gives you plenty of choices, whilst having reached the top of Blencathra you can easily decide on your level of fitness etc which route back to take.

It is always good to take a map with you as detours are good if you know where you are going.

I hope you enjoy our video of our recent Blencathra walk.

Blencathra Walk

Enjoy your Blencathra walk.