Saturday, 1 July 2000

Lonscale Fell

A wintery Lonscale Fell
Height: 715m (2,364ft)
Prominence: 50m (164ft)
Region: Northern Fells
Classifications: Hewitt, Nuttall, Wainwright, Birkett
Summit feature: Pile of rocks on the highest point of the grassy dome
Times climbed: 2
Related trip reports:
Skiddaw via Ullock Pike & Longside - 07/04/2018
Skiddaw - 31/10/2013
The stone pile on the summit
What Wainwright said:

"From the summit-ridge of Skiddaw the main watershed eastwards switchbacks over Little Man and Jenkin Hill to Lonscale Fell, this being the familiar outline so conspicuously in view on the southern approach to Keswick. Lonscale Fell, a graceful and gentle curve against the sky, ends very abruptly in a sharp peak whence the ground falls away sharply to the deep narrow valley of Glenderaterra Beck".

Lonscale Fell is the eastern termination of Skiddaw. Its east face is its main feature of interest, a steep plunge down to Glenderaterra Beck comprising of a mile long scarp of crags, a singular feature in the Skiddaw range.

The summit can be found on the grassy dome on the western side of the fell, marked by a small cairn. The prominent peaked top visible from the valley below lies to the east at a lower elevation. This is referred to as Lonscale Pike by some.

Views from Lonscale Pike into the valley of Glenderaterra Beck are impressive with Blencathra rising up behind but the best of the views are to the south which includes Thirlmere and much of the Helvellyn range of fells.

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