Lingmoor Fell and Great Langdale.

Start. Elterwater.

Route. Elterwater - Thrang Farm - New Bridge - Oak Howe Farm - Side House - Side Pike - Lingmoor Fell - Lingmoor Quarries - Bield Crag - Elterwater.

Notes. Lingmoor Fell rising to the west of Elterwater, a wonderful crescent-shaped ridge gifting the walker with stunning views over Great Langdale and it's subsidiary valleys of Oxendale and Mickleden, incomparable views to the Langdale Pikes, Bow Fell and the serrated skyline of Crinkle Crags. As I wandered south the views over Little Langdale were equally breath-taking, the Coniston massif rising from the lower rolling sylvan hills of South Lakeland, Windermere Lake carried my eye south to the salt waters of Morecambe Bay, then to the east, stretched across the skyline lay Helvellyn and it's lieutenants, including mighty Fairfield across a great rift of Grisedale Hause. All this proves you don't have to climb very high to gain a good viewpoint, as the 1539ft summit of Lingmoor Fell pays testament. Then there was the long walk in from Elterwater, for much of the way in the company of Great Langdale Beck before following an ancient track along the flanks of the fell, great views all the way.

Early morning at Elterwater, at last the sun is shining, there’s no rain on the horizon conditions are better than perfect. My day started wandering up the west bank of Great Langdale Beck, way marked paths carried me above the crystal clear waters, when I turned my back on the stream I was heading for the buildings of Oak Howe Farm, a portal to an ancient corner of the valley, the track that guided me looked older than the farm buildings, probably the original valley road abandoned when the modern road was laid in the valley bottom. Between dry stone walls I strolled before reaching Side House. Here I left the track to follow a footpath cutting across the steep slopes of the fell, through green sheep pastures I walked, ladder stiles aided my passage across field boundaries, I was soon ascending a steep path winding to a coll, the narrow road also ascends to this coll but climbs no further, fortunately I was, the steep ascent to Side Pike summit started here. I soon reached the top and the stunning views it provides, walked by few this insignificant little hill is much neglected, a good place to stop for a rest, drink the coffee and soak up the views.

I'm afraid there’s only one way to reach Lingmoor Fell from Side Pike, the tight squeeze past Side Pike Pinnacle, and I'm almost too fat to fit. I descended to the first grass shelf then turned left, the path was obvious as was the narrow gap I was about to pass through, bag, camera and trekking poles went first, like a cork from a bottle I popped out the other side to be greeted by a dry stone wall, this was to be my companion across the fell. In it's company I ascended through stunning rock scenery, wound my way around blankets of heather to reach Brown How the actual summit. Descending from the summit a wire boundary fence guided me before the wall took over once more, we descended past disused quarries before I left my companion as the path plunged down the edge of Bield Crag, at the bottom of the descent I stepped onto the stoney bridleway linking Great Langdale and Little Langdale, all that remained was a short descent between moss covered dry stone walls back to Elterwater.

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Great Langdale Beck as seen from Elterwater Bridge.

Looking to Chapel Stile dominated by the deep ravine cut by Megs Gill.

Views over the frost veneered fields of Great Langdale, with Oakhowe Crag rising to the left and the unmistakable Langdale Pikes under a blanket of early morning cloud.

Lit by the golden glow of a winter mornings sun, Oakhowe Crag.

The farm buildings at Oak Howe.

I may be guessing but I'd say this narrow track was once the main route through Great Langdale, it clings to slightly higher ground away from what would have once been the boggy valley floor.

Rounding the corner I got my first view of Crinkle Crags.

This route along the flanks of the valley proved to be a fine view point, here we have The Band backed by Bow Fell and Crinkle Crags.

The magnificent rock architecture of Wainwright's crouching lions, the Langdale Pikes looking stunning bathed in early morning light.

The summit Side Pike with magical views to Crinkle Crags and Bow Fell.

The Langdale Pikes as seen across Great Langdale with the valley of Mickleden to the left.

On a day like today it's bloody hard work tearing myself away from the summit, here's a view looking to The Band with Bow Fell rising above the finger of cloud.

In the other direction views over Blea Tarn to Wetherlam above Little Langdale.

Side Pike Pinnacle, at this point I was glad there was no one around to watch my pathetic attempt to pass behind the rock.

Taking a breather on the ascent of Lingmoor Fell, looking back to Side Pike backed by mighty Bow Fell and the Langdale Pikes.

Soaking up the view from the Lingmoor summit ridge, Blake Rigg rising above Blea Tarn with Wetherlam and Great Carrs on a hazy horizon.

Magical views to Pike of Blisco, Crinkle Crags and The Band.

Seen from near the summit of Lingmoor Fell, carrying a cap of cloud Fairfield, to the left over Grisedale Hause the Helvellyn massif.

A diamond nestling in the palm of the mountains rocky hand, Lingmoor Tarn a real gem.

Standing on the summit of Lingmoor Fell one of the most delectable heights of Lakeland, the view, you should be familiar with their names by now, The Band with Bow Fell rising behind, the Langdale Pikes and separating the two Rossett Crag closing the head of Mickleden.

Stunning views over Little Langdale, looking to the bowl of giants surrounding Greenburn, let Wet Side Edge carry the eye above the rim of shattered rock, over Little and Great Carrs returning over Wetherlam.

Like a slithery snake, my guide for almost all today's high level walking.

And slithering it's way to the summit of Lingmoor Fell, I'm of the opinion this is one of the best examples of a dry stone wall in the whole of Lakeland, if you prefer the view let it carry your eye to Pike of Blisco, Crinkle Crags and Bow Fell.

On the descent I got my first view of Elter Water.

On the final descent, next stop the Britannia Inn.

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