23rd June 2007

Little Langdale and Lingmoor Fell


Walk Overview
Time 10.00 to 14.05
Duration 4hr 5min
Distance 8.6 mile
Ascent 2200ft
Walking with On my own
Elterwater - Dale End - Slaters Bridge - Fell Foot - Blea Tarn - Lingmoor Fell - Dale End - Elterwater
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Walthwaite Bottom, Elterwater

Elterwater is such a popular village with visitors to the Lake District that the car park in the centre of the village and also the roadside around its edges soon become clogged up with cars. This car park appears to act as an overspill, although I suspect this one fills up just as quickly as the others.

Parking is free.


Route Map

Elterwater was almost deserted when I set out this morning; a bit different from the scene which greeted me four hours later at the end of the walk, there were cars and people everywhere.

Wetherlam topped with cloud. Seen from the route I followed from Elterwater over to Little Langdale.

Little Langdale Tarn with Wet Side Edge under cloud on the left of the picture, Wrynose Pass (the lowest point on the skyline) and Pike O'Blisco. If Newlands is my favourite valley in the Lake District, then Little Langdale is a very close second indeed. There are just so may footpaths, tracks, and roads to choose from and once you get your head around how they all link together then the number of options for different routes is fantastic.

Slater Bridge seen over the wall near High Birk Howe.

The beck is actually spanned by two bridges one is made from a long flat and rather narrow stone slab, the other is one is of the more traditional packhorse bridge design. Equally as narrow, with its low parapet and seemingly made up from the same random stones as the miles of dry stone walls.

And from the other side of the beck.

Low Hall Garth (Climbing Hut).

Looking across to a rather dark and brooding Langdale Pikes.

Bridge End. Blake Rigg on the left and the Langdale Pikes again.

The footbridge over Blea Tarn outflow.

From Blea Tarn I made my way to the road below Side Pike. On route I passed three of these diggers which had been carrying out repairs to the footpath. It seemed strange that there should be three of these concentrated along such a short stretch of footpath which I don't remember being that bad anyway.

A fine view down to Mickleden taken from the roadside at the head of Little Langdale.

The Lingmoor Fell end of Side Pike.

A few shadows on the fells but still a clear view across to the Langdale fells.

Sunshine on Lingmoor Tarn.


A good spot for something to eat next to one of the biggest of the many ruined mine and quarry buildings found on Lingmoor fell.

And one of the smaller ones.

Heading down from Lingmoor Fell and down to the track on the left of the picture.


David Hall -
Lake District Walks