Route: Lingmell

Area: Southern Lake District

Date of walk: 25th November 2021

Walkers: Andrew 

Distance: 4.9 miles

Ascent: 2,500 feet

Weather: Sunny, very cold

It’s been over 5 years since I last climbed Lingmell and a return visit was well overdue. I parked in the National Trust car park at Brackenclose, where a small visitor centre has recently been added in order to serve the needs of the many walkers who climb Scafell Pike from here. I made an early start and set off along the Hollow Stones path to Scafell Pike, which follows the course of Lingmell Gill. After a short distance I turned off to the left to follow a fainter path up the nose of Lingmell. There then followed 2,500 feet of relentless ascent at varying angles. Sometimes the path was a gentle climb up a grassy slope and at others it was steep and rocky, but never so steep as to involve the use of hands. This is a perfectly safe route up the fell

After various false summits, I reached Goat Crags, a rocky section below the summit of Lingmell. A vague path took me to the summit from where there are awe inspiring views over Lingmell Crags to some of the most dramatic scenery in lakeland. It was bitterly cold up here – several degrees below freezing, with a wind chill factor making it feel even colder. I was glad to have brought full winter gear

I then descended to Lingmell Col, and made my way across to the Hollow Stones path to Scafell Pike. The descent is obvious from here and it’s simply a question of following the well made rocky path back down to valley level, with lovely views of Wast Water along the way. Eventually I rejoined the path to Brackenclose and retraced my steps to the start of a wonderful walk

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