One of the most iconic symbols of the Lake District is coming on to the market, offering someone the unique opportunity to buy their very own mountain and become Lord of the Manor of Threlkeld.
Own your own mountain
Blencathra, arguably the most imposing of the Lakeland Fells and commonly known as ‘Saddleback’ because of its distinctive shape, was dubbed ‘one of the grandest objects in Lakeland and one of the best known’ in famous fell walker Alfred Wainwright’s definitive guidebook. Now buyers have the chance to invest in this significant 2,850ft (868m) high landmark.
John Robson, Managing Director of H&H Land and Property, which is handling the sale, said: “This really is a once in a lifetime chance to buy one of the jewels in the Lake District’s crown, which is being sold on behalf of Lonsdale Estates.”
The mountain covers 2,676.36 acres (1,083.11 ha) of common grazing land and includes a number of historic lead mines; it is offered with the historic feudal Lordship title. The buyer will be entitled to use the title Lord of the Manor of Threlkeld and can apply to the College of Arms for an individual Coat of Arms.
Blencathra has been part of the Lonsdale Estates for generations. Commenting on the sale, Hugh, the current Earl of Lonsdale said: “My family have owned Blencathra and its Manor for over 400 years, so the sale of this iconic property will be a great loss. However, we need to realise capital for Inheritance Tax following the death of my father in 2006 and our aim is to retain the core portions of the Lonsdale Estates intact as far as is possible”.
The central flanks of Blencathra fall sharply on three sides towards the A66; to the West it adjoins the Skiddaw range, whilst to the North the land falls more gently towards Bowscale and the Uldale Fells. Scales Tarn nestles in a bowl below the Eastern flank, surrounded by steep crags; it is overshadowed by Sharp Edge, the main route to the summit, which is famous among walkers and climbers. And it’s definitely worth the climb! 360 degree views from the summit sweep out across the Eden Valley, the northern Pennines and up to the Southern Uplands of Scotland to the north and east, while from the south and west, climbers are rewarded with views across the main Lakeland Peaks reaching as far as North Wales and the Isle of Man on a clear day.