Lake District Walks
Date: 6th March 2006
Distance: 6.6 miles
Ascent: 1778 feet
Time: 3 hours 40 minutes
With: Lisa, Val and Dave
Start Grid Ref: NY319054
A lovely walk up on to Lingmoor Fell from Chapel Stile with a return along Great Langdale.
Route Summary: Chapel Stile - Sawrey's Wood - Howe Banks - Lingmoor Fell - Side Pike - Side House - Cumbria Way - New Bridge - Chapel Stile.
1. Chapel Stile
2. Little Langdale and Wetherlam
3. Looking towards the top of Lingmoor Fell
4. The red team ascends Lingmoor Fell
5. On the summit of Lingmoor Fell
6. The Langdale Pikes from Lingmoor Fell
7. Looking back to the top of Lingmoor Fell
8. Looking up The Band towards Bow Fell
9. Side Pike
10. Pike O'Blisco
11. Looking up at Side Pike
12. Pike O'Stickle
Walk Detail: This walk had the immediate advantage of starting from the door of the cottage we had hired for the weekend in Chapel Stile. Not one of the more fashionable Lakeland Fells this walk surprised me by being my favourite of the weekend.
It was another lovely day in terms of the weather and while the initial walk through the Sawrey's Wood was pleasant enough the walk really started to get interesting when Wetherlam and the Coniston fells suddenly came into view with Little Langdale in the foreground.
One of the great things about this walk was the way the views changed as we walked the length of the ridge. At different times we had long distance views of the Ill Bell, Fairfield and Helvellyn ridges as well as more intimate views of the Coniston Fells, Pike O’Blisco, Crinkle Crags, Bow Fell and the Langdale Pikes. In fact for views of mountain groups this is one of the very best walks I have so far done.
Lingmoor Fell itself was a joy to tread on, particularly on the way up which featured a well-engineered zig zag path. The summit was pleasant and we had lunch propped up against the cairn. Lingmoor Tarn looked to be worth a visit when it had thawed out while Side Pike certainly demands to be climbed at some point. I’d be lucky to go back and have such great weather to appreciate the surrounding mountains again but when I do return to Lingmoor Fell I’d like to explore it a bit more.