21st May 2013

Lingmoor Fell and Great Langdale


Walk Overview
Time 8.30am to 2.25pm
Duration 5 hr 55 min
Distance 8.3 mile
Ascent 1800 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Elterwater - Elterwater Hall - Lingmoor Fell - path below Side Pike - Old Dungeon Gill - New Dungeon Gill - Great Langdale - Chapel Stile - 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

"Is the bridge new"
"New, , , , no it's been here for ages"
"That's good, so no one will be bothered if I damage it"

Despite it's close shave, the bridge remains intact and I lean on the wall as I take this picture of a deserted Elterwater.

Looking up the track we followed to its high point between Elterwater and Little Langdale.   and looking back down.
At one time this route was known as Owlet Nest Hill. Pronounced "Oolet".

A very hazy and cloudy view over Little Langdale.

Little Langdale Tarn seen below a dramatic looking Wetherlam.

A close up of Chapel Stile.

Elterwater, almost but not quite hidden by the cloud.

Perfect timing, as we were walking up we could see the higher sections of the fell were under cloud and then, as we reached this point, we stood and watched the cloud part to reveal Lingmoor Fell summit.

Looking down to Great Langdale.

There's a path that's easy to follow, but should the cloud come down the wall / fence would still guide you to the top.

Lingmoor Fell summit with the Langdale Pikes on the left hand side of the photo.

Atanding on the summit and looking across to Wetherlam, Swirl How and Great Carrs.

You have a couple of choices where to go from the summit and today we decided to continue along the ridge almost as far as Side Pike; down there on the left.

A close up of Lingmoor Tarn

As with the route we followed up here today, the route off Lingmoor Fell sticks fairly close to the ridge wall.

It wasn't half warming up as our loss in height coincided with the increase in blue sky. That's Blea Tarn down there.


It must be warm if Jennifer has taken her coat off.

Looking between The Band and the Langdales for a view through Mickleden.

Looking over the wall for a view of Crinkle Crags, Bow Fell and Rossett Pike. Wall End Farm more or less marks the point where Great Langdale, Oxendale and Mickleden all meet.

These are the world famous leaning trees of Great Langdale, seen at their best being lit up by the sunlight. Actually, they're not famous at all but it certainly catches your eye when you see them all standing at this angle.

Alternative camping options in Great Langdale

I know it's only a wall, but you have to admit they don't come much better than this.

Great Langdale Beck. In the background are Crinkle Crags and Bow Fell. The big tree is blocking the view of The Band.

Middle Fell Farm.

And again, below Bow Fell.

Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel and very full car park.

For Sale !! Don't get me wrong, there's nowt bad about here, although if I could make one request, I'd ask them to pick it up and move it a little bit further down the valley. Then I'd be more than tempted to settle in this house. I didn't notice it when I took the photo but the white paint on the house for sale creates an optical illusion making it look like they're joined onto each other.

Looking back through Great Langdale. Notice the how the cloud has dropped on Crinkle Crags and Bow Fell.


Great Langdale Beck.

And again, this time at New Bridge.

Blue sky, warm sunshine and a much greener countryside, perhaps summer is on its way.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks