Lingmoor Fell
Lingmoor Fell divides Little Langdale from Great Langdale rising up to 1500feet. It is an overlooked fell in both senses of the word – overlooked by the loftier Langdale Pikes and Bowfell and overlooked because given a choice walkers prefer to test their stamina on the high fells nearby. Yet the crescent shaped ridge is a rewarding place to explore in its own right. As Wainwright puts it “There is no better place than the top of Lingmoor Fell for appraising the geography of the Langdale district”. 

Start. Blea Tarn National Trust car park. (Pay and display but free to NT members) LA22 9PG
 

Distance: 6 Miles

Time: 3 - 5 hours
 

Grade: After an easy approach the walk becomes strenuous

Maps: OS OL6 The English Lakes South western area & OS OL7 The English Lakes South eastern area

 

 Map by kind permission of Johnston Press

Directions:

1. From the car park cross the road and join a footpath leading alongside woodland with Blea Tarn on your right.

 

After passing through a gate keep ahead to a footbridge and after crossing it bear left for a gate leading to the open fellside.

 

Following a very rocky path keep on it as it descends to wall

 

and then bends to the right to meet the road that comes down from Wrynose Pass. Turn left. After passing Fell Foot Farm

 

the road turns sharply left. Soon after turn right over a stone bridge

 

in the direction of Tilberthwaite. Cross Greenburn Beck close to Bridge End Farm and follow a broad track for 700yds. At a junction bear left passing High Hallgarth and Low Hallgarth Farms in quick succession. 200yds after Low Hallgarth turn left onto a footpath leading down to one of Lakeland's most attractive bridges - Slater's Bridge.

 

2. If it is not already obvious the name of this bridge should give you a clue as to what sustained the economy of this area. Slate! Already you would have passed the spoil heaps of quarries below Wetherlam and further along the route you will pass old workings. Cross the bridge and keep ahead on a path that reunites you briefly with the road from Wrynose. Turn left and then almost immediately right onto a lane

 

leading uphill to Dale End Farm.

 

As the road comes to an end keep ahead on a broad track. After 150yds turn left through a gate set a little back from the track.

 

From here a footpath left begins to climb the flank of Lingmoor Fell.

 

After passing through two gates the way steepens considerably. If you were in any doubt this is the strenuous bit.

 

As the way levels out the path joins a wall - bear left to follow it

 

first of all past the workings of an old quarry

and then after crossing a stile in a wall

 

onto the summit of Lingmoor Fell.

 

3. Straddling Great Langdale and Little Langdale Valleys there is no need to tell you that this is a marvellous viewpoint. From here the way follows the ridge which is characterful with good views either side and ahead.


The aiming point quickly becomes apparent - Side Pike the prominent lump at the end of the ridge.

 

After the path steeply descends to a col you have a choice. Continue the descent left along the line of a fence to the road or climb Side Pike. From this angle it might seem to be an exposed climb needing ropes and karabiners but by following the path to its base and then edging left there is a squeeze between a rock and the hard face of the peak. It's the type of obstacle usually referred to as "Fat man's Squeeze" so be prepared. (If you cannot get through there is a more exposed path round the rock to the left.) Once beyond the squeeze the way is relatively easy to the top. At a cairn on a junction of paths turn right for the final climb. These efforts will be fully rewarded by the outstanding view. This is one of the best places to look at the Langdale Pikes and the Bowfell massif.

 

You'll probably linger longer than you intend before returning to the cairn and then descending to the road. The path will take you to a cattle grid. Either turn left for the car park or cross the road and turn left onto a track that will lead you to the shores of Blea Tarn.

 

On its far side cross the footbridge you crossed at the start of the walk.