- What's involved
This challenge involves climbing Blencathra by the famous and classic grade 1 scramble route of Sharp Edge then descending by a lesser known but equally entertaining route via Halls Fell ridge.
You'll climb about 760 metres (2,500 feet)
You'll walk about 9 km (6 miles)
This is a fairly short challenge but takes you up one of the finest mountains in the district by one of the most famous routes - Sharp Edge - formally known as 'Razor Edge' and with good reason. It's shorter than Striding Edge on Helvellyn but, unlike Striding Edge, the most difficult part of Sharp Edge cannot be avoided. The route can be done in either direction, there are advantages to both options.
Sharp Edge is classified in the guide books as a grade 1 scramble and although it has no technical difficulties the severity of the route changes dramatically in different conditions - strong winds and ice can put the route out of bounds to all but the most experienced and well equipped. When the rock is wet it becomes extremely slippy, almost greasy and great care is needed as a slip could prove disastrous.
After Sharp Edge we head for the summit of Blencathra. It's a featureless top without even a decent cairn to mark the summit of such an imposing mountain. There's no shelter from the elements either so the best course of action is to descend immediately via Halls Fell ridge. This starts immediately South of the highest point.
Halls Fell ridge is better done in ascent as it's a more interesting scramble in that direction depositing you exactly at the summit.
"Sharp Edge is a rising crest of naked rock of sensational and spectacular appearance, a breaking wave carved in stone. The sight of it at close quarters is sufficient to make a beholder about to tackle it forget all other worries, even a raging toothache."
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