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Lakes walk to take in tarn with an edge

Posted 1 August 2011
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Lakes walk to take in tarn with an edge
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Those who love to go walking in the Lake District may be interested in a guided trek run by national park rangers on August 6th.

Starting and ending in Mungrisdale village, the trek takes in Scales Tarn, which is set beneath Blencathra, returning via Souther Fell.

Walking equipment and good footwear - such as walking boots - "will be essential" according to the details of the event, which will start at 10:30 BST and last six hours.

The tarn is overlooked by the narrow ridge of Sharp Edge, a challenging scramble that - due to being made of slate - can be dangerously slippery in wet conditions.

It can be used as a challenging route up to the 2,848 ft summit of Blencathra, which is also sometimes known as Saddleback due to its distinctive shape.

The geology of this part of the Lake District means there are few mountain tarns around, but a granite intrusion has helped form Scales Tarn and its near-neighbour Bowscale Tarn.