|Name of walk||Lingmoor Fell & Blea Tarn|
|Date of walk||2021-10-21|
After several weeks of almost constant rain, there is finally a good weather day! As it was forecast to be windy I decided on Lingmoor Fell from Elterwater. I could visit some of the mine levels and ruined mine buildings and then drop down to Blea Tarn, walk to the Wrynose Pass and down to Fell Foot, and return via Little Langdale Tarn and Slater Bridge. A walk of 9 miles.
View of the sunrise across the channel from Walney Island Promenade on my drive to Elterwater.
I parked in the NT car park opposite the bridge over Little Langdale Beck.
I head up beside the beck and go through the quarry. Looking down into the quarry basin.
One of the mine levels off the path.
Once through the woods the view opens up to give some great views over to Chapel Stile, Silver How and Dow Bank.
Another mine level off path.
View back to the path.
I head up the main path.
I take the path up the fellside, then just before the gate I detour right to visit some of the old mine buildings.
There are many, but today I just visit the near ones.
I then head back to the path, go through the gate and head up to the ridge for the views to Elterwater and Windermere.
I then head down the south flank to spend an hour visiting some of the old mine buildings on this side.
View down to Little Langdale Tarn. My walk takes me past it on my return to Elterwater.
Superb clarity today! Pike o'Blisco, Crinkle Crags and Bowfell ahead.
There are still more mine buildings ahead, but I'll leave these ones for next time, and turn right to head back to the ridge.
I cross the fence and head to the north side again for the view back to Chapel Stile and Elterwater.
The Helvellyn ridge on the left and Fairfield Horseshoe on the right.
I recross the fence and head alongside the ridge wall. The summit of Lingmoor Fell is top right.
Bowfell, Crinkle Crags, Great End.
Langdale Pikes and Lingmoor Tarn.
Langdale Pikes in close up.
Lingmoor Tarn in close up. It was windy on the summit so I made my way down towards Blea Tarn taking the path beside the wall.
My first view of Blea Tarn.
I can now see where the path joins the road.
I walk around Blea Tarn. Too windy today for reflections.
I walk along the opposite side of the tarn for the view back to Lingmoor Fell.
Cows are grazing and resting here.
I head back and go through the gate behind the southern outflow. This path goes across Blea Moss to the Wrynose Pass.
I'm now on the Wrynose Pass looking back the way I have come along the diagonal path.
A short walk down the road to Fell Foot. I can see a Police Range Rover from a long way off parked in the road.
I say hello as I pass them in the middle of the road. Maybe they are preventing traffic going over the pass. I didn't see any cars on the pass today.
Fell Foot Bridge.This is where I turn off for Bridge End.
I go through the gate and pass the house.
My lunch spot. It was warm and wind free.
I pass Little Langdale Tarn.
Low Hall Garth. The outhouse on the right is named 'Eric'.
Not a place to attempt a game of Jenga!
I go through the gate for Slater Bridge. A 17th century packhorse bridge over the River Brathay.
It spans a central rock.
View from the central rock.
Looking back to Little Langdale Tarn as I head up the path to cross the road and take the path back to Elterwater.
A good path for the up section.
A little rocky on the down! The path comes out at the Elterwater Inn, and it just a short walk back to the car park.
Back at the bridge over Little Langdale Beck.
A superb day with excellent visibility! The 9 miles took me five and a half hours, but that includes all the detours to the mine ruins etc. It was good to be back out on a fell again!