Lingmoor Fell and Blea Tarn from Elterwater

Name of walk Lingmoor Fell and Blea Tarn from Elterwater
Date of walk 2012-04-12
Distance walked (miles) 10
Duration of walk 6 hours 30 minutes
Weather Sunshine
Peaks on walk Lingmoor Fell
Walked with Ged and blind Kas
Parking Free car park Red bank end of Elterwater

Yesterday Ged, Kas and I drove to Elterwater to climb Lingmoor (1540ft) and Side Pike and to return to Elterwater via Blea Tarn, The Wrynose Pass and Slater Bridge. A walk of just under 10 miles.

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We stopped off at Coniston Water on the way.

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We took the route up beside the river and into the slate quarry.

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Kas leads the way through the woods and up the old quarry track.

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There are good views to be had of Chapel Stile and the working quarry we walked through. The Silver How ridge behind and the Fairfield range behind that.

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One of the quarry levels we passed on the route up.

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Once on the the ridge we headed over to the west flank for the views down on Little Langdale Tarn. The photo shows part of our route back from Fellfoot Farm on the far right and Low Hall Garth Climbing Hut on the left. Slater Bridge is just on the left edge of the photo. Looking across to Wetherlam, Swirl How, Great Carrs and Wetside Edge.

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We spend about an hour on the west flank looking at all the old quarry ruins that are scattered all about the fellside.

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One of the hidden levels into the fellside....One day I`m going to remember to bring a good torch!

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Looking down on Little Langdale Tarn.

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Another ruin....

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We then return to the ridge and look down to the old quarry buildings on the eastern flank.

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On the left is our green path up. To the right is Elterwater.

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The ridge route to the summit.

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View from the summit. Blea Tarn below. Looking across to Pike o' Blisco, Crinkle Crags, Bowfell, Esk Pike, Great End and Allen Crags with the Langdale Pikes on the right.

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The way ahead.

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We head for Side Pike ahead. There is no direct route over it. There is a route around the side, but fat people need not bother to attempt it!

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The Squeeze. (aka Fat Man`s dilemma) There is no other way to get through! So it is ruck sacks off and breathe in!

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The narrow track around Side Pike is quite precarious.

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View to Blea Tarn, our next destination.

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We head up Side Pike and find a place to have our lunch. Our lunch spot had this view. The valleys of Oxendale on the left and Mickleden on the right. Ominous black clouds! The Old Dungeon Gill Hotel below the Langdale Pikes.

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As we had lunch we felt the first few drops of rain and as we set off down Side Pike it poured down. We walked to Blea tarn in the rain and hail and sheltered under the trees in the wood until it had stopped. We then ventured out to take some photos of the tarn. Side Pike ahead.

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Panorama of the view from Blea tarn with the Langdale Pikes in the distance.

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We sit for a while to admire the view.

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We then head on the track to The Wrynose Pass beside a river gorge.

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Castle Howe rock, centre. The Wrynose Pass on the right.

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A small piece of road walking down to Fellfoot Farm ahead.

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Looking back to Bridge End.

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We passed Low Hall Garth Climbing Hut which is owned by Yorkshire Ramblers....only £8 a night!

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It was raining again as we reach the three part seventeenth century Slater Bridge that crosses the River Brathay on its way from Little Langdale Tarn to Elterwater.

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Looking over the bridge.

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We then headed back to Elterwater stopping for a coffee at the Britannia Inn. The sun was shining again so we sat outside. An excellent walk with lots of points of interest. The walk took us about six and a half hours, but we dawdled!
Jo.
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