Lingmoor Fell

Route: Lingmoor Fell

Area: Southern Lake District

Date of walk: 6th October 2017

Walkers: Andrew 

Distance:  8.5 miles

Weather: Sunny at first, then light cloud

Lingmoor Fell was yesterday’s Plan B as a hedge against cloud covering the higher tops. In the event they were cloud free, and so yesterday’s Plan B became today’s Plan A. I parked in the National Trust car park in Elterwater and crossed the road bridge over Great Langdale Beck, heading towards the slate quarry. Lingmoor Fell is renowned for its beautiful green slate and has been extensively mined for it – evidence of this is abundant on the early section of the walk

I followed an old mining track for a while before leaving it to climb up the open fellside to gain the summit ridge, where views towards Windermere opened up. I then followed the undulating ridge to the summit cairn, one of the best places to admire the Langdale Pikes, and also Bowfell where I’d walked yesterday. The ridge then continues beside a dry stone wall which resembles a rollercoaster as it snakes up and down. Some of the descent sections are quite steep, and include a rock groove which has been polished to a fine sheen by countless bottoms shuffling down it, but there are no difficulties

Eventually I encountered the rock wall of Side Pike, the top of which is accessible via a narrow path to the left, but this does not provide a way off the fell and so just before reaching it I descended in the direction of the road to Little Langdale. I followed a path which skirts round the foot of Side Pike, avoiding the road, and this then joined up with the Cumbria Way. From here it was an easy walk through the fields, and then through woodland, back to the start of an excellent walk

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