Walk HighlightsThe view from Souther Fell to Blencathra's saddle.
Don't forget to give yourself some time to explore the River Glenderamackin.
|Friday, 06 May 2011|
This weekend the OFC was celebrating it's 10th anniversary and this was the first of my walks whilst I was up at Keswick. It was an ideal introductory walk and once we reached the top of Souther Fells we enjoyed views ranging from the wide plain of the Eden Valley to the High Street in the south east and the central fells to the south west.
I drove up to Keswick from Barrow on the Friday morning and parked the car near the village hall in Mungrisdale. It was a glorious afternoon and we had decided to make the most of the good weather and climb Souther Fell. As we walked al.ong the lane towards thne footpath up Souther Fell we passed Mungrisdale Pinfold - a wildlife garden created by the community. It looked very inviting. Once we reached the footpath we left the easy path behind and begin the steep ascent up the flank of Souther Fell. I stopped every now and then to take in the views that were beginning to open up (or was I just getting my breath back?).
It didn't take too long before we reached the path along the top of the fell, where we had views up to Blencathra's famous Saddleback. Although we had plenty of sun, the southern fells seemed dark and menacing. I enjoyed the very easy walking along the top of Souther Fell, although there was the odd damp stretched of ground that had to be avoided.
This walk had been a good start to the weekend and I still felt relatively fresh when I got back to the car. Thanks to Steve for his company today.
Details and Route Map
Free parking available in Mungrisdale near the Village Hall (NY363302)
Mainly easy to follow grassy paths and tracks with gentle gradients. There is however a short steep section up the flank of Souther Fell near the start of the walk. There are also a couple of very short sections of road walking at the beginning and end of the walk.
Ordnance Survey maps covering this area OL5 Lakes NE
A similar walk to this can be found in the following guide book:
Wainwrights Book 5: the Northern Fells
The route map shown here should not be used as a replacement for the appropriate map(s). Before attempting the walk you should check the suitability of this route in relation to your capabilities and experience.