25th August 2009

Lingmell on a sunny afternoon


Walk Overview
Time 14.45 to 17.30
Duration 2hr 45 min
Distance 4.8 mile
Ascent 2470 ft
Walking with On my own
Wasdale Road - Brackenclose - Lingmell - Lingmell Col - Hollow Stones - Brown Tongue - Lingmell Gill - Brackenclose - Wasdale Road
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Parking spaces, near Brackenclose camp site, Wasdale

Unless I intended to begin a walk from Wasdale Head itself, then this would be my first choice for parking at this end of the valley. It isn't that large of a parking area, but I always seem to have been lucky and managed to get a space here. Failing that the car park next to the camp site is only a stones throw away.


Route Map

Kirk Fell and Great Gable looking nice and clear as I set out on a walk up Lingmell.

A view up to Lingmell (above the biggest tree). The route I took followed the ridge above the trees, and I should point out that it doesn't look too steep from this angle, but in this case looks are definitely deceiving.

Starting the up hill bit now and enjoying the view across to the fells around Wasdale Head.

Who's bright idea was this?

A chat to the people in the picture offered the chance of a welcome breather on what could be described as an unforgiving ridge. Although with views like this, all the puffing and panting was well worth the effort.

Looking across to Brown Tongue, Hollow Stones, the crags below Scafell Pike and Scafell.

A close up of Wasdale Head.

Approaching the summit, , , OK then, there's still quite a distance to go, but at least I'm getting there.

Looking across to Broad Crag and the superhighway up to Scafell Pike.

The top of Kirk Fell and Great Gable, taken from the slight dip on route to Lingmell summit.

A close up of Styhead Tarn, taken from Lingmell's summit.

Great End, Round How and Broad Crag, also taken from the summit.

And finally, before I head down to Lingmell Col, a picture including Kirk Fell, Grasmoor, Skiddaw and Blencathra.

Broad Crag seeming to rise up from the end of the wall running through Lingmell Col, which of course it doesn't.

A view back up to Lingmell.

From the path leading to Hollow Stones you can't help but look up at the rocks crags and scree that dominate this area.

Looking straight up to the Pulpit Rock area (below Scafell Pike), the red coloured scree below Mickledore and the dark imposing crags below Symonds Knott.

Looking down Brown Tongue towards Wast Water.

And the view back up.

A slight de-tour onto the northern side of Brown Tongue gave this unusual view up the higher section of Lingmell Gill.



David Hall -
Lake District Walks