Life of a Mountain: A Year on Blencathra

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Life of a Mountain: A Year on Blencathra


Two years after his portrait of Scafell Pike, film-maker Terry Abraham returns with another gorgeous paean to a Lake District peak, capturing the majesty of Blencathra in stately, painterly frames. It may only be the 18th highest peak in England, but it is wrapped in myth and legend – its name means Arthur’s Seat, the base of the legendary king.

Today its beauty attracts walkers and fell runners from around the world – snowboarders in winter – but there is a sobering tale of a local farm that closed after the 2015 floods, while a villager warns, “You’re a bit funny in the head if you go up Blencathra, that’s for tourists.”


Award-winning film-maker Terry Abraham returns to the Lake District to showcase 'the people's mountain' - Blencathra, looking at the lives of local residents, schoolchildren and tourists. Featuring contributions from comedian Ed Byrne, broadcaster Stuart Maconie, mountaineer Alan Hinkes OBE and record-breaking fell runner Steve Birkinshaw.

Cast & Crew

Director Terry Abraham
Producer Terry Abraham