logo Walking Britain
Home About Holidays FAQ Email MENU ☰

Bannerdale Crags & Souther Fell from Mungrisdale

Lake District Walk

Nat Park - Lake District - Lake District Northern Fells

Wainwrights - Bannerdale Crags, Souther Fell

County/Area - Cumbria

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 7.5 miles / 12.2 km    Ascent - 2100 feet / 636 metres

Time - 5 hours 50 minutes    Grade - moderate

Maps Ordnance Survey Logo Anquet Maps Logo

Ordnance Survey Explorer OL5Sheet Map1:25kBUY
Anquet OS Explorer OL5Digital Map1:25kBUY
Ordnance Survey Landranger 90Sheet Map1:50kBUY
Anquet OS Landranger 90Digital Map1:50kBUY

Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - Bannerdale Crags & Souther Fell
Click image to visit gallery of 9 images.

The hills in Northern Lakeland are far less busy than those further south (with the exception of Blencathra and Skiddaw). This walk which explores Bannerdale Crags and Souther Fell, whilst keeping to quieter fells, does provide excellent views of the two big fells north of the A66 and provides good walking throughout the year.

The start is in the small parking area adjacent to the phone box in Mungrisdale village (Grid ref. NY362303) or in the parking area alongside the village hall (Grid ref. NY 364302). Wherever you park please make sure you do not inhibit daily life for the local inhabitants. From the phone box head up the track into Bannerdale with the river Glenderamackin on your left, whilst ahead is the bulky outline of the Tongue. Where the track forks (Grid ref NY 356302) keep right. This will lead you across the side of the Tongue with a view ahead to Bannerdale Crags.

The climb is straightforward and the gradient allows you to keep walking without stops. Ignore the track going left but continue up the straight path towards the skyline. Reaching the top (Grid ref. NY 334301) turn left and follow the narrow path across the tops of Bannerdale Crags as far as the summit cairn. From here there are excellent views east to the Pennines. From the cairn follow the clear path west to the col (Grid ref. NY 327291) between Bannerdale Crags and Foule Crag.

At the col turn left (southeast) and follow the path on the north side of the infant River Glenderamackin. After just over a mile descend to the wide footbridge over the river and climb the path to a flat area that forms the col between Scales Fell and Souther Fell. turn half left and head up onto Souther Fell.

There is a cairn from where an excellent view of Blencathra and Sharp Edge can be gained. Continue on the main ridge path to the summit (Grid ref. NY 354291) from here you descend towards Mungrisdale. When you have nearly completed the descent a sign directs you right as the landowner ahead does not allow access to his property. This means you follow the intake wall (which is on your left) as far as a tarmac lane (Grid ref. NY 363297). Turn left along the lane. This leads you easily back to the start.

Other walks nearby

Walk 1101 Carrock Fell, High Pike and Knottmoderate11.0 miles
Walk 1214 Carrock Fell & High Pike from Mosedalemoderate7.0 miles
Walk 1008 Blencathra via Sharp Edge mod/hard5.0 miles
Walk 1188 Blencathra via Hall's Fell ridgemod/hard6.0 miles
Walk 3470 Blencathra via Foule Crag from Scalesmod/hard8.0 miles
Walk 1506 Sharp Edge & Blencathra from Scalesmod/hard5.0 miles
Walk 2351 Caldbeck & Watersmeet from Hesket Newmarket easy4.3 miles
Walk 2364 Clough Head via Great Dodd from near Dockraymoderate8.1 miles
Walk 2612 Roughton Gill, Caldbeck Fellseasy4.5 miles
Walk 2390 High Pike from Fell Sidemoderate5.2 miles

Recommended Books & eBooks

Walking the Lake District Fells - Buttermere

Walking the Lake District Fells - ButtermerePart of the Walking the Lake District Fells series, this guidebook covers a wide range of routes to 32 Lakeland summits that can be climbed from the Buttermere, Lorton and Newlands valleys, with highlights including Haystacks, High Stile, Grasmoor and the fells of the Coledale Round. Suggestions for longer ridge routes are also included.
More information

Hadrian's Wall Path

Hadrian's Wall PathHadrians Wall Path guidebook to walk the 84 mile National Trail. Described in both directions, the main description is west to east between Bowness-on-Solway and Wallsend, Newcastle, with extensions to Maryport and South Shields. With extensive historical information related to this World Heritage site and separate 1:25,000 OS map booklet included.
More information

Messaging & Social Media

Message Walking Britain and follow the latest news.

Facebook  Twitter

Mountain Weather

Stay safe on the mountains with detailed weather forecasts - for iOS devices or for Android devices.