4th November 2012

Lingmoor Fell from Elterwater


Walk Overview
Time 10.00 to 15.30 (approx)
Duration 5 hr 30 min
Distance 5.5 mile
Ascent 1400 ft
Walking with Jennifer and Roger & Ann Hiley
Elterwater - Near Dale End - Lingmoor Fell - Elterwater Quarries - Elterwater
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Walthwaite Bottom, Elterwater

Elterwater is such a popular village with visitors to the Lake District that the car park in the centre of the village and also the roadside around its edges soon become clogged up with cars. This car park appears to act as an overspill, although I suspect this one fills up just as quickly as the others.

Parking is free.


Route Map

Even though the date was arranged weeks ago, the walk itself could only be decided a couple of days in advance depending on the weather. 4 days ago the forecast for today was so bad it was doubtful we'd walk anywhere. None of us thought we'd end up with a day as perfect as this.

Bridge End, just one of the many lovely cottages in Elterwater.
We walked down the path on the right at the end of the walk.

At the start of the walk we followed part of the old route between Elterwater and Little Langdale. Somewhere around the highest point we turned off and headed onto the fell itself.


Wetherlam dominates the view along this part of the walk and what a view it is.


A view back over Dow Bank and Loughrigg Fell to the snow topped fell beyond.

As we gain height, the Langdale Pikes come into view behind the crags on Lingmoor Fell.

Taking a picture of you taking a picture of me.

Looking ahead to Lingmoor Fell summit.

As we walking across to the top of Lingmoor Fell, Crinkle Crags and Bow Fell were in view almost the whole way.

And now for a group photo. I know it's not exactly a 'posed' photo where we all said cheeeeeees for the camera, but we are all in there. That's Ann and Jennifer in front and Roger is over there admiring the view and taking pictures. and surprise surprise that's me at the bottom of the picture.

Looking down to the lovely Great Langdale.

Despite it's undulating nature, the route across Lingmoor Fell is easy. Just follow the wall to the top.

Just before we got to the summit Roger found a boot in among the mud. "That's odd, how can you loose a boot", and then, when we got here we found it's partner. And as if that wasn't puzzling enough, you can see a pair of socks just to the right of the fence post.

The unmistakable Langdale Pikes are probably seen at their best from Lingmoor Fell.

A snow covered Crinkle Crags and Bow Fell seen from Lingmoor Fell summit.

Now for the tricky bit. Getting from one side of the stile to the other. To cut a long story short; there's nowt holding the bottom of the fence posts to the ground.


A close up of Elterwater. You can see Windermere in the top right of the picture.

Our return route took us through some of the quarries on Lingmoor Fell and also onto the shaded side of the fell.

A sort of close up of Chapel Stile.

There seems to be a heck of a lot of these big chunks of stone knocking about here. To my untrained eye they seem to have been flung about without a second thought. I'm sure the people that work here know exactly what is what and why it's where it is.

Every time I drive away from the garage after filling the car up I feel like I've had my pockets picked by the Artful Dodger. I dread to think what I'd feel like if I pulled up in this thing.

The handy work of man. I wonder what it looked like before the first piece of stone was carted off all those years ago.

I think I'm correct in saying if they just keep digging, that at some point they'll be digging up instead of down.

Before heading home, we called in at the The Britannia Inn for tea and cakes. Very nice it was as well, even though we'd drank the tea before the cake eventually came.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks