7th February 2009

Ruins on Lingmoor Fell and a walk through Great Langdale


Walk Overview
Time 09.15 to 13 40
Duration 4 hr 25 min
Distance 6.7 mile
Ascent 1800 ft
Walking with On my own
Elterwater - Elterwater Hall - Dale End - Disused Quarries and Ruins - Lingmoor Fell - Lingmoor Tarn - Cumbria Way - Chapel Stile - 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

It was peace and quiet in Elterwater this morning. There were no other people about, no wind and the sunshine helped make it a perfect start to a winters walk.

The first section of the walk was done along the track linking Elterwater with Little Langdale. This picture looking back shows what a lovely morning it was.

A close up of Dale End Farm.


Apart from the fact that I hadn't been here for ages, I thought I'd have a walk up Lingmoor Fell to get some photos of all the ruins that are dotted around the fell or at least the southern side of the fell.

And another ruin, this time with Wetherlam, Swirl How, Great Carrs and Wet Side Edge in the picture.

Looking down into Great Langdale and the snow covered eastern fells behind.

Crinkle Crags and Bow Fell seen as I walk across the ridge between one area of disused quarries and another. Notice the black cloud creeping in from the right hand side of the picture.

One final picture showing some of the many ruins on this fell. I must have spent well over an hour wandering from one set of ruins to another, and although I've only included a couple of pictures here, I actually took about 200. Many of which will be included in the Sheepfolds and Ruins of the Lake District section of the website when it goes on line at the end of the year.

It didn't take a genius to realise the sunshine would be gone before too much longer.

Lingmoor Fell summit, where I had a minute or so of light snow. It didn't amount to anything, but judging by the black cloud above me I thought at the time that I was in for some interesting conditions.

A close up of Chapel Stile.
The path at the bottom of the picture is the one I followed later in the walk.

Lingmoor Tarn, well frozen and looking a bit bleak to be honest.

Taking an unusual route from Lingmoor Tarn I was treated to this view into Great Langdale showing the Langdale Pikes, Rossett Pike, and The Band.

I said it was an unusual route; I'm just glad it wasn't icy.

Heading along the section of the Cumbria Way that runs through Great Langdale.

The Langdale Pikes, seen here from the bridge near Oak Howe.

New Bridge, found on the outskirts of Chapel Stile.

Chapel Stile; a gorgeous part of the Lake District.

There weren't many people about in Chapel Stile, but at least this cat was on hand to give me a warm welcome.

Back in Elterwater.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks