Lonscale Fell and the Glenderaterra Valley, 25th May 1997

An ascent of Lonscale Fell from Keswick, and the return along the Glenderaterra Valley.
Lonscale Fell

I've set out to climb Lonscale Fell, an eastern outlier of Skiddaw and one of the few fells accessible from Keswick that I'd never ascended. I took the main Skiddaw ascent route out of Keswick's Spooney Green Lane, round the flank of Latrigg and up the ridge of Jenkin Hill; at the col beyond I left the path to track north then east to the summit of Lonscale. This is the view westwards to Skiddaw

Lonscale Fell (2)

Looking eastwards to Blencathra

Lonscale Fell (3)

This is the view to the north, the fells "back o' Skiddaw".

Lonscale Fell (4)

Looking for an alternative route back, I spotted a promising grassy rake northeast of the summit behind the east peak; dropping fairly steeply from the Burnt Horse ridge it nevertheless gave a direct route over easy ground to the Skiddaw House track on the east flank of the fell. Here I'm looking back at my descent route, which is on the far right. The shapely peak is Lonscale's east top.

Glenderaterra Valley (1)

The Glenderaterra Valley, with Blencathra opposite. This is the higher of the two tracks, which leads around the flanks of Lonscale and then Latrigg and is a favoured cycling route. A lateral track leads down to the beck and the lower path.

Glenderaterra Valley (2)

Looking down the length of the valley.

Glenderaterra Valley (3)

The Glenderaterra Beck

Glenderaterra Valley (4)

Enclosure walls and rough pastures at the head of the Glenderaterra valley.

Glenderaterra Valley (5)

The crossing of Sinen Gill, first of the many tributaries of the beck.The track now turns south, following the east bank of the Glenderaterra along the western flank of Blencathra.

Glenderaterra Valley (6)

Each of these side stream crossings in the valley is marked by a cascade and a stand of trees, which form a series of beauty spots along the valley. Glenderaterra is a place to linger.

Glenderaterra Valley (7)

Another shot of the Sinen Gill confluence.

Glenderaterra Valley (8)

This was such a picturesque spot that I made my way down the pathless bank for another couple of photos.

Glenderaterra Valley (9)

Sinen Gill, coming down from Blencathra

Glenderaterra Valley (10)

The upper Glenderaterra valley. The beck flows southwards, sandwiched between the massive bulks of the Skiddaw massif to the west and Blencathra to the east.

Glenderaterra Valley (11)

Another beauty spot: the Roughten Gill confluence.

Glenderaterra Valley (12)

Cascades and waterfalls among the stand of trees at the Glenderaterra - Roughten Gill confluence.

Glenderaterra Valley (13)

The track heads southwards, climbing a little above the level of the beck. The lower reaches of the Glenderaterra valley are quite extensively wooded.

Glenderaterra Valley (14)

Views opening out over the Vale of Keswick

Glenderaterra Valley (15)

Walla Crag and Bleaberry Fell enter the picture as the track nears the locality of Derwentfolds.

Glenderaterra beck

The beck disappears into a thick plantation of trees.

Glenderaterra beck (2)

Looking down to the beck just north of Derwentfolds.

Derwentfolds, Glenderaterra

At Derwentfolds the Glenderaterra valley opens out into the Vale of Keswick. This is a surprisingly unknown corner of the Lakes.


Derwentfolds is lovely - a playground of wood, tracks and streams penetrated by just one minor road

Derwentfolds (2)

I'm taking a track to the southwest heading for Brundholme. 

Blencathra, Derwentfolds

Looking back along the Derwentfolds - Brundholme track. The vast, rounded bulk of Blease Fell - the western shoulder of Blencathra - towers behind.

Derwentfolds (3)

This footbridge in the woods marks the crossing from Eden district into Allerdale, from the Penrith parliamentary constituency (Con) into Workington (Lab),, and from the flanks of Blencathra to those of Latrigg. 

Brundholme Wood

This southeast corner of Latrigg is graced by a number of wooded tracks, apparently little known by hillwalkers. There are a number of possible routes but I favoured this one, along the northern banks of the Greta.

Brundholme Wood (2)

A scene in Brundholme wood. Close by is the concrete span of the main A66 Keswick bypass; just across the river is a walkway formed from the bed of the dismantled Whitehaven - Keswick - Penrith railway.


An unknown corner of Keswick, on the banks of the Greta, and a lovely spot to end the day's walk.

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