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Ascent from Sharp Edge

Ascent from Sharp Edge


Blencathra boasts two of the Lake District's finest ridges, Sharp Edge and Hall's Fell Ridge. Sharp Edge is the more technical of the two and is usually viewed with mixed emotions; its lofty position and fine sculpted crest have the capacity to excite even the most jaded scrambler. But it also has the capacity to scare some people witless. Hall's Fell Ridge is a bit easier but more than twice the length of Sharp Edge and can be tackled in descent. A day out up Sharp Edge then down Hall's Fell Ridge under dry conditions will provide scramblers with a glorious hands-on rock experience. Under a covering of snow and ice they take on a truly Alpine character and are a considerable mountaineering challenge.

Terrain: Steep fellside, narrow rocky ridges

Walk Route: Scales - Sharp Edge - Blencathra Summit - Scales

Duration: 5 - 6 hours

Miles: 7

Height gain/loss (metres) 700
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Map reference: NY 322277  Lat: 54.63983 Long: -3.05200