|Name of walk||Souther Fell from Scales|
|Date of walk||2017-04-06|
|Distance walked (miles)||6|
|Duration of walk||3 hours 30 minutes|
|Weather||Dull and low cloud, quite windy on the top.|
|Peaks on walk||Souther Fell|
|Walked with||Ged and blind Kas|
On Thursday Ged, Kas and I drove to Scales, on the A66, to walk up Souther Fell. An easy, grassy, circular walk of six miles.
Looking back at the lay-by where we parked. A nice display of Aubretia. The sign post for the route up to Scales Fell is on the right. We could go this way but choose to continue on past The White Horse Inn, taking the road on the left that leads to Mousthwaite Comb. This road is also our return route.
The gate that leads us up to Souther Fell.
The path goes up on the diagonal so it is not too steep.
View back down Mousthwaite Comb, and over to Great Mell Fell.
Once at the top of the comb you can go left up to Scales Fell on Blencathra, head on towards Sharp Edge, or go right up to Souther Fell.
Closer view of Sharp Edge in low cloud.
Looking back from the easy grassy track up to Souther Fell.
The cairn on Souther Fell with Bannerdale Crags behind. This is not the summit, that is a bit further on.
Kas gets a drink. It is cold and windy. The low cloud and lack of sunlight make for some dull views. Great Mell Fell in the distance.
Bowscale Fell is now out of the clouds.
Looking into Bannerdale.
Continuing the view down the River Glenderamackin past The Tongue.
Kas looking down on Mungrisedale.
Close up of St. Kentigern Church built in 1756.
The Tongue and Bowscale Fell.
The Mill Inn on the left.
Once at the bottom we are just 50m from The Mill Inn, but there is no access across either of the fields. The route takes you half a mile in the opposite direction. A couple of discrete stiles would make thirsty walkers very happy, and if there was a donation box, grateful walkers would happily fork-out for the privilege of access!
We take the detour, which later got very muddy.
We now have access back to the road, but have no intention of walking back to the Mill Inn. Our trade will go to the White Horse Inn.
Lambs in the field on the way back.
Looking back at the hamlet of Souther Fell.
The road is gated in several places along the route so traffic is restricted to just those who live here. Kas is free to roam.
Approaching Scales Fell again.
Coffee time! The inn says it is dog and child friendly.....in that order!
They were indeed very dog friendly. There was a water bowl and Kas was offered a large dog cushion to laze on. He sniffed it thoroughly and then proceeded to lay down on the flag stone floor! He got two dog biscuits and tummy rubs from the bar staff, so Kas was quite content.
The walk took about three and a half hours, a very easy walk. There were a couple of rock steps on the descent, but these could be avoided by heading off to the right. It was just a pity that the weather was so dull.