Lingmoor Fell

Lingmoor Fell

Route: Lingmoor Fell

Area: Southern Lake District

Date of walk: 15th February 2019

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance:  8.6 miles

Ascent: 2,200 feet

Weather: Sunny and cloudless

Lingmoor Fell is wonderfully positioned between Great Langdale and Little Langdale, and as a result enjoys great views of both valleys as well as the surrounding fells. As Alfred Wainwright says ‘There is no better place than the top of Lingmoor Fell for appraising the geography of the Langdale district’

We parked in the National Trust car park in Elterwater and crossed the road bridge over Great Langdale Beck, passing through the quarries mined by Burlington Slate. Lingmoor Fell is renowned for its beautiful green slate and has been extensively mined for it

We 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. Sadly the long distance views were very hazy today. We then followed the undulating ridge to the summit cairn on Brown How, one of the best places to admire the Langdale Pikes. 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 rocky and steep, and at one point we had to resort to some bottom shuffling. Judging by the highly polished surface of the rocks we were not the first to employ this ungainly but useful technique

Eventually we 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. Just before reaching it we descended in the direction of the road to Little Langdale. Last time I was here I returned via Great Langdale and the Cumbria Way, but today we decided to try a different route and return via Little Langdale. On reaching the road (a narrow gated lane which is unfrequented by traffic) we made a short detour to walk around Blea Tarn, a beauty spot which should not be omitted on this round if time permits

We rejoined the lane, known as Side Gates, and after a short distance left it to join a path which runs above the road. This was faint at times, and involved several ups and downs which proved to be quite tiring at the end of a long fell walk. Anyone wishing to avoid this extra effort could simply continue along the road, which is virtually traffic free. After passing through Sawrey’s Wood we arrived back in Elterwater hot and tired, but this was soon remedied by a visit to the excellent Britannia Inn, conveniently situated near the car park

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