Lingmoor Fell from Great Langdale.

Start. Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel.

Route. Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel - Great Langdale Camp Site - Lingmoor Fell - Bleatarn House - Blea Tarn - Great Langdale Camp Site - Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel.

Notes. There I was in Great Langdale watching walkers of all ages striding out of the Old Dungeon Ghyll car park armed for Winter walking, me well I'd totally misjudged the conditions, my ice axe and crampons were at home, I desperately needed another plan, welcome to Lingmoor Fell. Aloof from the surrounding hills this vast wedge of Lakeland slate rises to a mere 1500ft between the valleys of Great Langdale and Little Langdale, christened by our Norse forefathers, (ling meaning heather in their lingo), visit in Summer, you'll find the hill is a mass of purple, today it was a Winter wonderland.

Local knowledge comes in handy sometimes, I knew the North end of the fell would be icy, as it's easier ascending over icy rock I opted for a North South traverse avoiding Side Pike and the tight squeeze behind it's famous pinnacle. I left the Old Dungeon Ghyll following the valley road north, with slippery tarmac under foot I tentatively wandered to a finger-post inviting me to Lingmoor Fell and Side Pike. Across the edge of Great Langdale Camp Site I wandered, gates allowed easy crossing of field boundaries, I passed through a small cops before a meandering path guided me up the fell side depositing me on the coll between Little and Great Langdale. The path continued passed cliffs dripping with water, after swinging left the steep climb began, a fence line to guide me. On reaching a dry stone wall I turned right, the wall then shepherded me over icy rock then on to Brown How the summit of Lingmoor Fell.

On a clear day like today the views were staggering, I hung around ages enjoying the moment, when the cold got the better of me I left. After crossing a stile near the summit I plunged down through deep snow to the South-west, a fence line guided me depositing me at the head of a deep cut gill, I crossed a stile before descending the ridge on the gills South side. The descent was a blast, bulldozing through deep snow almost all the way to the valley road. Once on the narrow road I made my way to Blea Tarn, I carefully followed the icy path around the tarn, this path directed me through woodland then on to the coll I'd crossed earlier, all that remained to re-trace my steps via the walkers bar at the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel.

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Rossett Pike dressed in it's Winters best, seen over the lower slopes of Stickle Breast.

The stunning view across Great Langdale taking in, Pike of Stickle, Loft Crag and Harrison Stickle.

Winter conditions across Crinkle Crags and Bow Fell.

Rising from Little Langdale, Lingmoor Fell, I'll be descending to the right of that tree lined gill later.

Looking rather imposing towering above Blake Rigg, Wetherlam.

An icing sugar view to Side Pike.

Who needs Summer when Winter brings views like this one, the Langdale Pikes seen from the ascent of Lingmoor Fell.

Stunning views on a beautiful but bitterly cold day.

Looking down on the icy waters of Blea Tarn.

The breath-taking topography of the Langdale Pikes.

Under heavy snow The Band leading to Crinkle Crags and Bow Fell.

Heading for the summit of Lingmoor Fell with this magical view for company.

Fairfield quite magnificent in it's Winter garb.

The sheer beauty of Winter in the English Lake District, hidden in the palm of the mountains hand little Lingmoor Tarn, backed by a skyline made up of the Helvellyn massif, Seat Sandal and Fairfield.

There's some wonderful views to be had from Lingmoor Fell, from left to right, Crinkle Crags, The Band with Bow Fell rising behind, closing the head of the valley Rossett Pike with the unforgettable Langdale Pikes to the right.

An awe-inspiring view across Little Langdale, mighty Wetherlam leading to Swirl How and Great Carrs, when it's time to descend let Wet Side Edge leads you safely to the valley floor.

Spectacular views from the Brown How the summit of Lingmoor Fell, Windermere Lake and the low lands of South Lakeland.

Awesome vistas from the summit of Lingmoor Fell, reaching across the skyline Yoke, Ill Bell and Froswick with Red Screes to the left.

Wetherlam and the long finger of Wet Side Edge as seen from the summit.

A quick shot of Bike of Blisco, Crinkle Crags and Bow Fell before the grand climax of today's walk, an adrenalin fueled plunge through deep snow to reach the valley floor.

Towards Pike of Stickle from the unnamed gill I pointed out earlier, don't descend the gill climb the bank to the left then descend.

Blea Tarn backed by Blake Rigg and Pike of Blisco.

The scene over Blea Tarn, no need to name the hills, we've seen them many times today.

Lingmoor Fell with my descent route clearly visible.

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