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Nothing fishy about Scales Tarn

Posted 30 July 2012
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Nothing fishy about Scales Tarn
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Visitors to the Lake District who like to do more than just go walking may find Blencathra a wonderfully challenging fell to climb.

The area around Scales Tarn is one of the highlights of any visit to the 2,848 ft peak and as part of National Parks Week, which starts today (July 30th), there is a guided walk there.

Taking place on August 5th, it covers eight miles as it visits the tarn, set in a deep corrie beneath the challenging scramble Sharp Edge.

It can be approached from Scales to the south or Mungrisedale to the north, with this particular trek starting at 10:30 BST in Mungrised and returning to the village at the end via Souther Fell.

Good walking boots will be required and waterproofs will be advisable as well.

The walk itself does not climb Blencathra, but those doing so will often prefer to ascend the peak via Sharp Edge itself.

It is not a scramble for the faint-hearted, with several serious accidents down the years and the best time to take on the route is when it is dry, since the rock is made of slate and becomes slippery when wet.
Having negotiated the narrow, exposed part of the ridge, there is a near-vertical scramble onto the summit plateau, although this is less exposed as it follows a steep gulley with walls of rock either side.

Once on top, one curiosity of the mountain is that the summit is not marked by a pile of stones or a trig column, but instead by a metal trig marker on the ground.

Tarns are relatively rare in the smoothly-contoured Skiddaw group of fells, but granite intrusion is responsible for the corries that Scales Tarn and its neighbour to the north Bowscale Tarn lie in.

Bowscale Tarn can also be visited easily from Mungrisdale and walkers may dwell on the local legend that its waters contain an immortal fish.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801417513-ADNFCR