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Lingmoor Fell from Blea Tarn

Lake District Walk

Nat Park - Lake District - Lake District Southern Fells

Wainwrights - Lingmoor Fell

County/Area - Cumbria

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 8.0 miles / 13 km    Ascent - 1400 feet / 424 metres

Time - 5 hours 20 minutes    Grade - moderate

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Walk Route Description

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Parking in the small car park (grid ref. NY 296042) by Blea Tarn the intention was to climb Pike o' Blisco. After twenty minutes or so we turned back because the path was obliterated by snow and ice. The obvious choice was Lingmoor Fell which was free of deep snow but still offered the prospect of excellent views in the bright winter sunshine.

To start this Lake District walk follow the path from the car park walk along the southern and western shores of the tarn to reach the road down into Great Langdale beneath the imposing crags of Side Pike. This wonderful miniature "mountain" can also be included in the walk although on this occasion we skirted beneath it and climbed steeply up to the col beneath its eastern face. From here it is a matter of following the ridge wall to the summit of Lingmoor Fell. It is a wonderful walk with excellent views all around you. Of particular note are the Tilberthwaite Fells with Wetherlam looking particularly ominous to the south. The Langdale Pikes, Bowfell and the Crinkle Crags and the blue waters of Lake Windermere all competed for our attention.

From the summit cairn continue south easterly towards Dale End Farm. This is not seen until you have lost considerable height and care is needed to select the right path. All is not lost if you go too far left - you arrive in Elterwater rather than Little Langdale and a return to Blea Tarn can be made via a number of routes.

From Dale End take the farm track and cross the main lane in Little Langdale heading for High Birk Howe and Slater's Bridge. The bridge is worth a visit in its own right and is a remarkable piece of workmanship. Continue west along the stony track towards Greenburn, taking the right fork to Fell Foot Farm. Follow the Wrynose Pass road round to the left in front of Castle Howe and then carefully pick your way across Blea Moss as you head north to Blea Tarn. This is a delightful path, culminating with a short stretch alongside Bleamoss Beck as it tumbles down some pretty falls.

One particular event of note was that this was the first time we had witnessed hounds racing on the fells. Following what we guessed was an aniseed trail they completed the course from Little Langdale to the summit of Lingmoor Fell and back down in about fifteen minutes! The hounds seemed to manage this with enough energy to bark all the way around the course!

Other walks nearby

Walk 1132 Great Langdale & The Crinkle Cragsmod/hard7.0 miles
Walk 1157 Bowfell and Esk Pikehard8.8 miles
Walk 2037 Bowfell & Rosset Pike via the Climber's Traversehard7.5 miles
Walk 2818 Bowfell Circular from Great Langdalemod/hard7.0 miles
Walk 1739 Crinkle Crags and Bowfell (Oxendale Horseshoe) hard7.8 miles
Walk 1134 Wetherlam and The Carrsmod/hard10.8 miles
Walk 2270 Tilberthwaite and Holme Fell Little Langdaleeasy/mod5.5 miles
Walk 1207 Great & Little Langdalesmoderate8.5 miles
Walk 2042 The Langdale Pikes with an ascent of Jack's Rakevery hard6.3 miles
Walk 2073 Harrison Stickle, Pike o'Stickle & Rosset Pike moderate8.3 miles

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