Over Lingmoor Fell.

Start. National Trust car park, Stickle Barn.

Route. National Trust car park, Stickle Barn - Side House - Oak Howe - New Bridge - Chapel Stile - Thrang Farm - Wainwright's Inn - Chapel Stile Quarry - Elterwater - Bield Crag - Lingmoor Quarry - Lingmoor Fell - Brown How - Side Pike Coll - Side House - National Trust car park, Stickle Barn.

Notes. Lingmoor Fell rising to the west of Elterwater, a wonderful crescent-shaped ridge gifting the walker with stunning views over Great Langdale, incomparable vistas to the Langdale Pikes, Bow Fell and the Crinkle Crags, stunning scenery to the south over Little Langdale with mighty Wetherlam dominating the horizon. In reality the views were poor today, washed from the fell by horizontal rain driven across the ridge line by strong winds, soaked to the bone, boots full of water, in a strange sort of way it felt good. I abandoned my last top, Side Pike for fear of being blown from the summit.

My day started in t-shirt and shorts, wandering through sun kissed Great Langdale. The lane leading to Side House signed Oak Howe guided me to a wonderful trod cutting across the south side of the valley. On reaching Oak Howe I joined riverside paths, the clear waters of Great Langdale Beck now guided me to Elterwater.

After a quick brew in the village I followed a stoney bridleway linking Great Langdale to Little Langdale, this old quarry track once the main route across the fell guided me towards Dale End Farm, just before the farm a narrow path ascends the steep southern slopes of Lingmoor Fell, I followed said path into wind and rain, and that about sums up my crossing of the fell. It has to be said, so long as you keep the boundary fence/wall to your right you can't go wrong. At the top a stile allowed access to the summit then another boundary fence/wall, this time on the left guided me north to the coll between Side Pike and Lingmoor Fell. Normally I'd ascend Side Pike but cold and wet I allowed a fence line to guide me down the hill, a short descent into Great Langdale followed before a permissive path ushered me wet and wind swepped back to Side House, the short walk back to the car park was in brilliant sunlight, I wasn't so much walking as steaming my way across the valley.

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Seen from the approach to Side House, Side Pike with Pike of Blisco behind.

Harrison Stickle, it's good to view the Langdale Pikes from a different angle, this splendid trod on the south side of the valley allows just that.

Looking down on the white washed building of Side House, with the Crinkle Crags and Bow Fell under a thick blanket of cloud.

Wonderful dry stone walls border this super path I'm wandering along.

From the shadow of Oak Howe Crag views to the Langdale Pikes.

A splendid path bordered with dry stone walls tell a story of a track that was once far more important than it is today.

Great Langdale Beck near Wainwright's Inn.

Ascending the southern slopes of Lingmoor Fell, as the day gets darker, looking to Lang How and Huntingstile with Wansfell Pike behind, top right.

As better weather slips further south views to Windermere Lake over Fletcher's Wood and High Hacket.

A little more height gained and Elter Water appears over Howe Bank, with Windermere Lake in the distance and Black Crag to the right.

My companion on this little outing, sometimes a wall sometimes a fence line but always to my right, I know it's on the left but I'm looking back to Elter Water.

Ling another name for Heather, hence Lingmoor Fell.

Viewing Pike of Blisco with dark rain bearing cloud screening the hills at the head of Great Langdale.

Wetherlam over Little Langdale.

A dry stone wall or is it engineering, one of the finest walls in Lakeland, if walls are your thing.

The final pull to the summit.

Brown How the summit of Lingmoor Fell.

Grey under gathering cloud, the Langdale Pikes.

Heavy showers wash the Lakeland landscape, rising through the murk Bow Fell and the Crinkle Crags.

Heather carpets the summit ridge, the view Wetherlam with Great Carrs under cloud.

Side Pike backed by the Langdale Pikes.

All around the clouds are high and the sun is shining, I'm wandering around under a thunder cloud all to myself, a quick look to Blea Tarn through heavy weather.

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