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Sharp Edge, Mungrisdale
Sharp Edge
locality:-   Atkinson Pike
locality:-   Saddleback
civil parish:-   Mungrisdale (formerly Cumberland)
civil parish:-   Threlkeld (formerly Cumberland)
county:-   Cumbria
locality type:-   rocks
locality type:-   boundary
locality type:-   parish boundary
coordinates:-   NY32692834 (etc) 
1Km square:-   NY3228
10Km square:-   NY32

CDI41.jpg (taken 11.6.2015)  
BWD98.jpg (taken 26.3.2012)  

evidence:-   old map:- OS County Series (Cmd 57 9) 
placename:-  Sharp Edge
source data:-   Maps, County Series maps of Great Britain, scales 6 and 25 inches to 1 mile, published by the Ordnance Survey, Southampton, Hampshire, from about 1863 to 1948.

evidence:-   old text:- Martineau 1855
source data:-   Guide book, A Complete Guide to the English Lakes, by Harriet Martineau, published by John Garnett, Windermere, Westmorland, and by Whittaker and Co, London, 1855; published 1855-76.
image MNU1P101, button  goto source
Page 101:-  "... we crossed the stream, and commenced a steep ascent at the foot of Sharp Edge. We had not gone far before we were aware that our journey would be attended with perils: the passage gradually grew narrower, and the declivity on each hand awfully precipitous. From walking erect, we were reduced to the necessity either of bestriding the ridge, or of moving on one of its sides, with our hands lying over the top, as a security against tumbling into the tarn on the left, or into a frightful gully on the right,- both of immense depth. Sometimes we thought it prudent to return; but that seemed unmanly, and we proceeded; thinking with Shakspere that 'dangers retreat when boldly they're confronted.' Mr. Otley was the leader, who, on gaining steady footing, looked back on the writer, whom he perceived viewing at leisure from his saddle the remainder of his upward course." On better ground they had a retrospect on Sharp Edge,- which is the narrowest ridge on Saddleback, or any other north-of-England mountain. In places, its top is composed of loose stones and earth; and, the stepping on the sides being as faithless as the top, the Sharp Edge expedition has less of safety in it than singularity."
"And now,- those who, after this, like to go there, know what they have to expect."

BWD99.jpg (taken 26.3.2012)  
BPC99.jpg (taken 2.5.2008)  
BPD01.jpg (taken 2.5.2008)  
CDI40.jpg (taken 11.6.2015)  

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