The Mungrisdale and Bannerdale Crags walk in the Lake District

South-west from Mungrisdale to the summit of Souther Fell and on to Scales Fell, followed by a westerly climb to Hallsfell Top. North-east to Bannerdale Crags, then north via Bowscale Fell to Tarn Crags before dropping down and crossing the River Caldew at Roundhouse. East below the steep slopes of Carrock Fell to Mosedale and finally south along the minor road back to the starting point. A 10-mile walk in the Lake District.


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The summit of Souther Fell, height 522 metres (1713 feet).


Looking back towards Souther Fell from the slopes of Scales Fell.


The rocky spurs and scree slopes on Blencathra’s southern flank.


Amazing views to the south and south-west from Scales Fell.


Looking across to Sharp Edge, probably Blencathra’s most popular and well-known approach.

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The valley cut by Scaley Beck between Doddick Fell (right) and Scales Fell (left).


Our first sighting of Scales Tarn.


Blencathra’s rocky crags between Doddick Fell and Hallsfell Top.


Scales Tarn.


Mark looks back towards Blencathra as we make our way over to Bannerdale Crags.


The view west over Mungrisdale Common towards the Skiddaw range of mountains in the far distance.


Bannerdale and Bannerdale Crags.


Bowscale Tarn with Carrock Fell in the background.

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Bowscale Tarn in a classic glacial corrie, held in place by a humped moraine.


Footbridge over the River Caldew at Roundhouse.


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