Lingmoor Fell and Elterwater

Name of walk Lingmoor Fell and Elterwater
Date of walk 2007-10-23

Yesterday Ged, myself and Kas the blind Border Collie decided to walk from Elterwater Village to Great Langdale via the ridge of Lingmoor Fell (1539ft) and Side Pike and then to follow the Cumbria Way path back to Elterwater Village and then take a detour to Elterwater Tarn and the river beyond and then retrace our route back to the car. About nine miles in all. The day was overcast and a little dull, but the visibility wasn`t too bad.


Our first stop off was the quarry....and rather big it was too! Too big to get the immense scale in one photo.


We started then to climb up Lingmoor Fell and Little Langdale Tarn comes into view. Weatherlam is behind.


Wearing my Cartmel Priory School reversible rugby shirt. The other side is yellow, a bit bright! It does keep you warm though.


Looking down on Elterwater and up on the right a misty Coniston Water.


Disused mine buildings. Harrison Stickle and the Langdale Pikes beyond.


Heading towards misty Crinkle Crags.


Summit of Lingmoor looking down on Blea Tarn.


Heading off to Side Pike, ahead. Not climbable without ropes from this side but there is a narrow path off to the left where you have to pass throught the `Great Squeeze" in order to continue.


Blea Tarn from the `Great Squeeze` ledge.


Ged squeezing through. Sometimes this is called `The fat man`s dilemma`!! You can see why!


We went round the side of Side Pike and then up and on to the top where we had lunch looking over towards Bowfell.


Kas used the time to do some careful sniffing.


The lunch view.


We then headed down to the valley floor and picked up the Cumbria Way path beside the river which took us back to Elterwater Village. This bridge was at Chapel Stile and was built in 1818.


Taken from the wooden footbridge just beyond Wainwrights Inn. We were very good and didn`t go in the pub!


We had enough light left to make the trip to Elterwater Tarn. There were good reflections on the water as it was so still.


We walked for a bit along the river towards Skelwith Bridge.


Good reflections.


The sun was beginning to set so we waited 20 minutes or so to see if there would be any colour change.


A bit orangey, but it was too cloudy for a really good sunset

We walked back to the car in the dark. We did not park in the village as all day parking was a scandalous £15! We parked in the free parking spaces just outside the village on the Ambleside road. It had taken us about seven hours to complete the 9 mile walk. The day was reasonably warm with little or no wind.