Bannerdale Crags, Mungrisdale Common and Souther Fell, 26th July 2015

Today’s walk plan was to knock off some Wainwrights at the back of Blencathra.

I parked up in Mungrisdale on the road verge after an easy journey of 2.5 hours without stopping for coffee. Set off at 10 a.m. Pleasant and easy walk to the top of the crags along a wide path. It was dry but blowy at the top.

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From Bannerdale Crags looking back to Mungrisdale village and beyond
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Heading up to Bannerdale Crags

Down a little to a col which joins the Crags with a spur off Blencathra. At this point I veered off and headed due west to Mungrisdale Common. Wainwright must have been having a joke here, his description starts off with “To add to its other failings …..”, continues with “has no more pretension to elegance than a pudding that has been sat on” and “There is little on these extensive grass slopes to provide even a passing interest for an ordinary walker, and nothing at all to encourage a visit.” So why the bloody hell did he bother to put it in, it’s not even a summit as such. There is a suggestion that it was put in to provide some filler for the book on the Northern Fells. The common is a large, flat stretch of featureless bog. And very tedious because the bog got boggier and boggier as I went along, reminiscent of the bogs on the Isle of Jura. It started to rain so once I’d been and found the “summit”, I squelched my way back stopping for lunch on the way after I’d got off the bog. Not a soul in sight on the common.

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I’m on a road to nowhere
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A helpful navigational aid, just where it needed to be

Back at the col, I went down the River Glendaramackin to reach  a footbridge. Over this and then quickly up onto Souther Fell. The rain was coming in fast over Blencathra by this time. There was a path marked on the map which would take me directly to my car so I aimed off but crossed it without noticing (probably because too faint). So I headed back up a little (I’d overshot the distance) and then located the path in the bracken.

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Blencathra disappearing
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Why it’s called Sharp Edge
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Top of Glenderamackin River

This now brings my total of Wainwrights to 74 which is properly over one third of them done. Five and a half hours of walking. Home by 6 p.m.

 

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Author: Jak

Mountain Leader.

2 thoughts on “Bannerdale Crags, Mungrisdale Common and Souther Fell, 26th July 2015”

  1. You’re not the first and won’t be the last to have a gripe about Mungrisdale Common. Its an odd one for sure. If he was short in the Northern lakes why not include Skiddaw Lesser Man. However there are plenty of other odd choices such as Bakestall (stuck on the side of Skiddaw!!) or Middle Dodd (just Red Screes really!!) or even Thunacar Knott (that ain’t a fell for me!!). But then you look at those he misses like Helvellyn Lower Man, Gavel Pike, Broad Crag, Brown Pike and Buck Pike, there’s loads he could put in. All you can say is they are his 214 and that won’t change!!

    1. I know you’re right. And I still got to go somewhere where there wasn’t another soul in sight and sit looking across to rolling hills. Thanks for the suggestions of other fells I can add in on my travels!

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