Distance: 6 Miles
Grade: After an easy approach the walk becomes strenuous
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.
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.
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.