Blencathra (via Sharp Edge)

The mountain of Blencathra stands like a bastion at the northern end of Lake District, and is often the first mountain you see if entering the Lakes from the M6 at Penrith. It can be tackled from via numerous routes, however, there is one that stands out above all others, Sharp Edge.

As mentioned above there are numerous ways to conquer Blencathra. Our favourite, and the route we feel showcases the best of the mountain, is to start from the village of Threlkeld, just off the A66 between Penrith and Keswick. From here we ascend the Halls Fell ridge, which leads directly to the summit of Blencathra at 868m. This acts as a fantastic introduction to the days ridge'y activities and is a good warm up for Sharp Edge, as it contains nice easy scarmbly sections of rock to get your eye- [and feet-] in.

From the summit we descent a little to Scales Tarn, a beautifully tarn high up on the eastern slopes of the mountain in a sheltered coire. It is from this point that the main event of the day, Sharp Edge, begins. In total Sharp Edge is only a few hundred metres long, but has a real airy feel, scrambling across its rocky crest giving a truly amazing experience (N.b. maybe not ideal for someone with vertigo!).

Location of Blencathra

Key Information:

Group Size:  Up to 8 (non-Sharp Edge). Up to 4 (Sharp Edge).

Distance: ~9km/5.5miles

Ascent: ~800m

Time: 5-6 hours

Difficulty (Click Here to learn more about difficulty ratings):


First person - £130, plus £20pp thereafter*:


1 Person = £130

2 People = £150

3 People = £170, etc...


Included in the Cost:

  • Full days guidance by a qualified Mountain Leader,
  • Waterproof map of the area for each attendee,
  • Group access to any photos taken during the day.


Optional Extras:

Advice and logistical support towards transportation and/or accommodation can be arranged at additional cost. Please let Terra Via know at the time of booking if required.


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If there are any other walks you are interested in, please don't hesitate to Contact Us to discuss your requirements.


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* There is 10% non-refundable deposit included within the stated prices to cover costs incurred upon unforced cancellation. 


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