On the slopes of Blencathra

  • Includes the best view in England
  • Explore the village of Threlkeld
  • Easy walking on good paths/lanes

I believe that the view from the corner of the wall above High Row Farm on the Keswick side of the walk (258310) is the best view in England. It can also be accessed without any difficulty. To the west Keswick and the north western fells are wonderfully framed and fascinating to name; Causey Pike, Grisedale Pike and Catbells all fighting for prominence with the bigger hills further south. These are best seen in morning light (even better in winter) but surpassed by the view along the Helvellyn range and down St John’s in the Vale. The ridge to Helvellyn appears as a rising step of hills leading to the final climb just short of the far off summit. This contrasts with St John’s in the Vale, which offers flat fields and small rocky outcrops, encouraging further exploration.

The remainder of the walk forms a loop around the lower slopes of Blencathra (Saddleback) passing through Gategill Farm, home of the hounds used on the Blencathra hunt and Blease Farm, now notorious for being extensively fortunate when a landslip during the floods of November 2009 ran out of power just yards from the farm walls. The path of the land slip can still be seen where the path passes above the farm. Where the stream emerges from the woods above Threlkeld it is worth pondering the madness of fell runners as one of the most popular races goes directly up Hall’s Fell and returns the same way (the steep hill on the right)The record currently stands at 28 minutes to and from the pub!

Recommend: Follow the road west to the Blencathra Centre, an outdoor centre where you will be welcomed,there may even be a local exhibition showing.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL5 The English Lakes North East Buy Map
Start Point: NY 322253. There is parking opposite the Horse & Farrier . From here go east towards Gategill Farm - it offers the better walk with the best views ahead .
Height to Climb: 188 ms (617 feet)
Terrain: There is some road walking on leaving and entering the village and a good track above the wall on the side of the fell.
Eating & Drinking: Threlkeld has an excellent cafe (run by volunteers) and the incomparable twin pubs of the Sally and Horse and Farrier
Similar Walks Nearby: St John’s in the Vale
Keswick, Latrigg & the Old Railway
Derwentwater via Walla Crag
Places to Stay:


Blease Garth, Threlkeld