Start – Roadside NY363302, Distance – 15.5km, Ascent – 780m, Time – 4hrs 30mins plus stops.

A visit to the much-maligned Mungrisdale Common, widely considered to be the least-attractive of the 214 Wainwright Fells. As of Sept 2012 I’ve visited all of the Wainwrights and can report that I was massively underwhelmed by this particular one – it isn’t even a peak as such, just a small cairn on a large downward sloping plateau with less-than-average views. A strange choice indeed. Luckily, this particular walk also includes three excellent fells – the standalone Souther Fell which offers great views to the south and east, and the brilliant Bannerdale Crags and Bowscale Fell. I’ve visited these last two before but was more than happy to go back there again. The good thing about this walk is that you can easily miss out Mungrisdale Common and spend more time enjoying the other 3 fells.

Climbing Souther Fell from the minor road that runs between Scales on the A66 and Mungrisdale village. There is parking available at the roadside by the community centre in the village.
At the flat top of Souther Fell, looking across to Bannerdale Crags and Blencathra in the background.
In the River Glenderamackin valley, with Sharp Edge directly ahead, offering a challenging and popular route onto Blencathra.
Bowscale Fell, as seen from Bannerdale Crags. This is a fantastic area, with good walking over the easy grassy fells and great views down into Bannerdale.
And here is one of those views down into Bannerdale from the top of the Crags. It was particularly warm for the time of year (March) with an accompanying haze that didn’t help the photos.
The haze and occasional thin cloud cover obscured some of the long views but did lead to some atmospheric bursts of sun, as demonstrated really badly by this exceptionally poor photo.