Ling Fell

Route: Ling Fell

Area: North Western Lake District

Date of walk: 22nd February 2018

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 3.0 miles

Ascent: 800 feet

Weather: Mostly sunny, rather hazy

There was only time for a short afternoon walk, and my thoughts turned to my last walk when I’d enjoyed a wonderful visit to the quiet and relatively unknown Wythop Valley. On that occasion I’d climbed Sale Fell and so it seemed appropriate today to pay my respects to its next door neighbour – Ling Fell

I parked in one of the few roadside spaces in the lane by the Old School, just outside Wythop Mill. I continued along the lane for 10 minutes or so and then left it to join the old Corpse Road, a path which I assume was used to transport coffins in the past, though it’s hard to tell from the OS map how the path could have been used for this purpose. I ignored a path to the left which takes a more direct approach to the summit and continued along the Corpse Road, climbing gently all the while

After rounding a corner I left the track to turn up an obvious grassy path which leads to the summit of Ling Fell. The path isn’t shown on the OS map but the way is obvious and I’d be surprised if the services of Mountain Rescue have ever been required on this fell. Even the clumsiest and most ill equipped walker is unlikely to have a mishap here

I was soon at the summit of the fell (marked by an impressive OS trig point) and admiring the views towards Skiddaw. According to Wainwright this is the best fell from which to view Cockermouth – this was not the case today, as I could barely make out the town thanks to the rather hazy conditions. I descended along another path not shown on the OS map, but again perfectly obvious, before joining a wider track around the fellside. This brought me back to the Corpse Road, and from here I retraced my steps back to the start of another short but very sweet walk in the lovely Wythop Valley

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