3rd December 2014

Little Langdale, Lingmoor Fell and Chapel Stile


Walk Overview
Time 9:30am to 2:15pm
Duration 4 hr 45 min
Distance 8.1 mile
Ascent 2100 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Walthwaite Bottom - Elterwater - Dale End - Little Langdale - Slater Bridge - Low Hall Garth - High Hall Garth - Bridge End - Side Gates - Lingmoor Fell - Burlington Quarry - Chapel Stile - Walthwaite Bottom
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.


Weather Readings

The Gadget
All readings were taken using a Kestrel 2000 Weather Meter
Live temperature recorded at the time I press the hold key
Maximum Wind Speed Maximum wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location Average Wind Speed
Average wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location
Wind Chill
Combination of wind speed and temperature. The gadget does the calculations not me.

Route Map

Todays walk took us onto Lingmoor Fell from Elterwater, although, when we set off we hadn't actually decided which route we were taking. Decisions were made at various points along the way and because of this approach we ended up doing a great little route. Just right for this time of year when you're not in any rush or if you might not want to get onto the higher fells.

It was very quiet in Elterwater this morning. Partly because it's winter and partly because we were earlier than most people.


Heading along the track between Elterwater and Little Langdale.

Little Langdale Tarn in front of Wetherlam, Swirl How, Great Carrs and Pike O'Blisco.


A close up of Little Langdale Tarn.


Slater Bridge was quite slippery today after Jack Frost had been playing here last night.

Low Hall Garth.

On t'other side of the valley is Lingmoor Fell. We'll be up there later but we have a bit further to walk before getting that far.

Blake Rigg was well lit up by the sunshine while Pike O'Blisco and the Langdales remained in shade.

Bridge End.

Here's another picture of Blake Rigg.

A little further on and we look through Blea Tarn Gap to the Langdale Pikes.

Blea Tarn is viewed from the road today instead of from the waters edge.


This route up Lingmoor Fell isn't particularly steep or particularly long but if you turn around, you do get some really nice views across to Crinkle Crags, Bow Fell and the Langdales.

Here's Blea Tarn again. From here it doesn't look quite as picturesque as it does at close quarters.

Not far from the top of Lingmoor Fell now and we're looking across to Crinkle Crags and Bow Fell.

The Langdales seen from Lingmoor Fell summit. Notice Lingmoor Tarn down there below us.

Looking over Chapel Stile and Silver How to the eastern fells. All were free from cloud but none were free from shade. I think we made a good choice of area today.

Lingmoor Fell summit.

The great wall of Lingmoor.

A close up of Chapel Stile.

Looking back towards the summit end of the fell.

Lunch with a view.

We made a snap decision while we were up on the ridge to drop down to the quarry and into Chapel Stile. It would add a little bit of distance and offer a different route back to the car instead of returning to Elterwater. Unfortunately it meant leaving the sunshine and walking through the shade for a while.


Loft Crag, Harrison Stickle and Pavey Ark seen from Burlington Quarry.

Before heading into Chapel Stile we stopped for a look into the quarry. The picture doesn't really show how deep it is.

A close up of Loft Crag and Harrison Stickle.


Considering the frost we'd had this morning it was surprisingly warm by this time of day.

And for today's final picture, here you have Bow Fell, Loft Crag and the top of Harrison Stickle along with some of the houses on the outskirts of Chapel Stile.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks