Mountains in England & Wales starting with B
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Blencathra or Saddleback
The Cumbrian peak, Blencathra (2500ft+) , stands close to and N of the A66 road near Keswick in the Lake District (England), towards which it presents an array of 5 short and steep ridges (fells) separated by deep-cut valleys (gills). The main ridge of the mountain begins in the E with Scales Fell, ends in the W with Blease Fell, and between these on the S side are (from E to W) Doddick Fell, Hall’s Fell and Gategill Fell. All of these have paths by which the mountain may be climbed from the A66 village of Threlkeld or the little hamlet of Scales.

The central summit is also known on maps as Hallsfell Top: strangely for a Lakeland mountain it lacks both cairn and shelter, and its trig point is a flat and circular ground-level casting without a pillar. The E ridge (to Scales Fell) and WSW ridge (to Blease Fell) have S-facing crags for most of their length, whereas the N-facing slopes are grassy.

A third broad ridge runs N from the summit to Foule Crag (845m) then descends in a gentle grassy slope to Mungrisdale. From Foule Crag a short and narrow rocky spur, Sharp Edge, runs E to the N of small Scales Tarn. Sharp Edge’s rocky crest offers a sporting ascent route which necessitates a brief but exposed move across a hiatus.

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