Souther Fell

As you approach Blencathra from the east on the A66, Souther Fell appears as the shoulder on the far right.  From it you should get some great close-ups of Sharp Edge (not to mention any apparitions which might be marching across the fell-top, as reported in 1745), but today, June 25 2006, the weather was miserable, and we saw almost nothing at all!

Here are some pictures
(click on any picture for a larger version):

This is the path up to Mousthwaite Col, the ridge across the picture.  The path tracks across from bottom left to top right, as you can (?) see.  What you normally see, also, is Bannerdale Crags above the col - but not today.  Souther fell is off to the right.
Here we are looking back down from near the col.  Souther Fell on the left, Blencathra Scales Fell on the right.  Great Mell Fell is visible in the distance.

The top of Souther Fell is a long and flat stretch of grassland, and I hope this cairn means that it is the highest point!  It did seem to be...
This is the "view" towards Sharp Edge.  One fine day I'll take another picture, just to prove it. 

Samba is unimpressed.
Great Mell Fell was just about the only fell-top low enough to see.

With all the lowering clouds, St John's in the Vale seemed to be bathed in sunlight...
The little beck you see here is the infant Glenderamackin River, coming down the eastern edge of Blencathra.  Mousthwaite Col, on the left, prevents further progress, so the river does a sharp left turn, wanders around the entirety of Souther Fell and eventually drops down to Threlkeld to become the lovely Greta, which is our very own river in Keswick.

I wondered where our llamas in Keswick had gone!  There were some by the lakeside, and these might just be the same ones, up on Scales Farm at the foot of Blencathra.

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