7th October 2014
Summit of Lingmoor Fell
Scroll down for photos and a description of the walk....
Sunrise from Thrang Quarry
Molly n' me took an early morning stroll up to the disused quarry. Mist has settled over Elterwater and Chapel Stile.
We are taking a short holiday at Dulcanter Fold, Chapel Stile -self-catering with a view of Lingmoor Fell. So, given a good forecast, we decided to climb the fell in view on a pleasant Tuesday morning. The photo on the right shows one of Chapel Stile's narrow lanes of miners' cottages. Thrang Quarry (disused) dominates the slopes behind the village. The walk started at 09:50hrs.
From the cottage, we followed the road and crossed Langdale Beck on the footbridge near to Wainwrights Inn - no connection with famous author intended, or so they say! The river was still too high for Molly to risk a swim.
The Langdale Pikes
The LP's dominate the view for much of this walk, looking away from the sun is much more comfortable than towards it - turn the world around and the view to the Coniston Fells would be in the frame.
It's a nice picture, but I've just missed the turning, so we turned around and took the correct path, initially to Little Langdale and then promptly on to the old miners' track heading for the disused Banks Quarry.
The Miners' Track
The village and Thrang Quarry. An un-named gill runs down the fell and under the spoil heaps. Molly and I had a walk up there the previous evening and a few photos will be be presented in another file.
Up the track and the view across the Langdale Valley opens up over Baysbrown Wood. We are looking for a "prominent Yew".
The cottage with the view of Lingmoor Fell is seen from high up. We are on the ground floor; the upper floor accommodates up to six persons and the two can be rented together.
The "Prominent Yew"
As detailed in Wainright's Book 4 LF7, so it's a sharp turn left.
Much of the climbing now behind us, it's an undulating path to the fell's summit, following the wall for much of the way.
The Summit Approach
It's a fact that this is the first Lakeland fell that has Karen has climbed twice, incidentally both times with me.
Molly on top of Lingmoor Fell 1,530ft asl
The sunshine and high humidity are generating clouds and Wetherlam is now cloud-topped and the direct sunlight has all but gone.
We followed the wall off the fell and towards Side Pike.
There is an immensely steep bit down by the wall and there is a sensible diversion avoiding such.
You can either take the Side Pike route and the "squeeze" or the fence path down to the road. We take the latter and follow the tarmac to the cattle grid.
The Cattle Grid
After the the gate, there is a path on the fellside leading to the zig-zags down to the Langdale Valley.
Molly pulled up on the path down the hill and had to be carried to the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel. There, we took tea and then the bus back to Chapel Stile. We took her to the vet in Ambleside (8th) and they diagnosed ligament damage. Later on the 8th, we had a walk from Elterwater village to Skelwith Force (and back) and Molly managed the walk at a steady pace.
Blea Tarn at 08:30hrs on Wednesday 8th October
Walkers: Karen, Me and Molly the Dog.
Time taken: 3hrs 30mins hours over a distance of about 6 miles.
Route: Chapel Stile, Baysbrown Wood, Bank Quarry, Lingmoor Fell, Side Pike (almost), road to the cattle grid and down the zig-zags to the Langdale Valley and the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel. Bus back to Chapel Stile.
Weather: Cool and clear early on. Clouding up, rain by mid-afternoon.
All photos copyright Richard Ratcliffe 2014 ©