Alfred Wainwright referred to Blencathra as "one of the grandest objects in Lakeland", a sentiment that undoubtedly still rings true today. Alongside neighbouring Skiddaw, the mountain is one of the National Park's great outposts, rising mightily out of its extreme north.
Blencathra boasts a number of ridges, the most famous of which is without doubt Sharp Edge - something of a miniature Striding Edge. Below it, lies the tranquil Scales Tarn - itself a handy refuelling point midway up the mountain.
From Blencathra's distinctive, saddle-like summit, the views are extensive - with the mountains of Galloway, the Southern Uplands, and the Cheviots all visible - providing the conditions are favourable!