6th November 2010

Lingmoor Fell and Great Langdale


Walk Overview
Time 09.20 to 13.55
Duration 4 hr 35 min
Distance 6.5 mile
Ascent 2100 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Elterwater - Elterwater Hall - Lingmoor Fell - road below Side Pike - Old Dungeon Gill - New Dungeon Gill - Great Langdale - 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

The drive through to Elterwater was just about as perfect as I've ever seen this morning. I kept saying look at that view and isn't it clear, and Jennifer kept telling me to stop the car and take some photos. As usual though, I just kept driving and then regretted it later.

This is the track linking Elterwater and Little Langdale, and talk about rough under foot. Regardless of this, it does offer a convenient route between the two valleys.

Wetherlam, seen from somewhere around the highest point on the track between Elterwater and Little Langdale.
Well it didn't take long for it to cloud over. We'd only got this far and already those telltale clouds we could see out to the west when we left home had worked their way this far inland.

Looking down to Little Langdale.

Another picture showing Wetherlam, this one taken from the side of Lingmoor Fell.

Up on the ridge now and looking across to Chapel Stile, Silver How and in the distance is Nethermost Pike, Dollywaggon Pike, Fairfield, Stone Arthur, and Heron Pike (plus a few others you may be able to pick out).

A long distance view from Lingmoor Fell showing Loughrigg Fell, Wansfell Pike, Red Screes, the Ill Bell ridge, Eltermere and Windermere.

Looking ahead to the summit of Lingmoor Fell.

Lingmoor Fell summit with the unmistakable Langdale Pikes to the left.

A close up of Chapel Stile.
We hadn't intended to walk to Chapel Stile today, but standing up here and looking down was enough for Jennifer to suggest walking through Great Langdale to the village. I should have realised at the time; this is the only place around here with a shop!

Following Jennifer down one of the short steep sections found along the ridge.
I think I've said this before, but Blea Tarn looks nowhere near as attractive from up here as it does from the tarn itself where it's often described as one of the Lake District's beauty spots.

Another steep bit, and another picture of the Langdale Pikes.

Time to cross over onto the other side of the wall now.
The fells behind are Pike O'Blisco, and under cloud is Crinkle Crags and Bow Fell. The rocky fell in the foreground is Side Pike.

and a closer view of Side Pike.

I'm glad I'm not walking across this area, not without wellingtons on anyway.
Above and to the right of the house you can see one of the other routes up (or down) Lingmoor Fell.

, , , and as if by magic, the sun came back out for a short while.

Looking down to Mickleden with The Band on the left of the valley and Bow Fell, Rossett Pike and Pike O'Stickle on the skyline.

Wall End Farm.

and Middle Fell Farm.

A view back through Great Langdale.

The lonning we'd followed from the New Dungeon Gill cuts off a section of road walking before bringing us out here at Robinsons Place. We then picked up another road avoiding path a little further down the valley.


Sunshine and shadows in Great Langdale.

Unbelievably, after such a gorgeous start to the day we needed to sit in here for ten minutes while a heavy rain shower passed over. It was nice and handy for the shop as well. I stood outside, Jennifer went in, and we both ate the crisps and sausage rolls.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks