Wasdale from Lingmell


South Western Lake District

Route: Lingmell

Area: South Western Lake District

Date of walk: 4th March 2015

Walkers: Andrew James and David

Distance: 4.9 miles

Weather: Sun and blue skies mostly, warm

Our son James and nephew David were both keen to tick off another Wainwright and we decided that Lingmell would be a good choice. We parked in the National Trust car park at Brackenclose which, as we’d anticipated, was very crowded as this place is also a springboard for Scafell Pike and today was Easter Saturday

After about 5 minutes of walking we were glad to leave the busy path and start the steep climb up the nose of Lingmell. After overtaking a couple of other walkers we had the place to ourselves, and didn’t come across anyone else until we reached the summit

The views were superlative, especially looking down Lingmell Crags – a dramatic and awe inspiring place

As we walked from the summit to Lingmell Col we could see hundreds of walkers, like a long line of ants, making their way up to Scafell Pike. It would be a day they’d never forget. As we descended Brown Tongue we passed by people of every age and nationality climbing up to the highest ground in England

As it was, we were very content with our choice of fell, some 500 feet lower than Scafell Pike, but a whole lot quieter and with equally good views

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