27th June 2015

Visiting the Lake District Tarns - Walk 57

Lingmoor Tarn and Blea Tarn

Time 8:55am to 1:30pom
Duration 4 hr 35 min
Distance 10 mile
Ascent 2100 ft
Walking with On my own
Walthwaite Bottom - Elterwater - Elterwater Hall - Dale End - Lingmoor Fell - Lingmoor Tarn - Bleatarn House - Blea Tarn - Path down to Great Langdale - Side House - Oak Howe - Baysbrown Farn - Baysbrown Wood - Chapel Stile - Walthwaite Bottom
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.


Weather Readings

The Gadget
All readings were taken using a Kestrel 2000 Weather Meter
Live temperature recorded at the time I press the hold key
Maximum Wind Speed Maximum wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location Average Wind Speed
Average wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location
Wind Chill
Combination of wind speed and temperature. The gadget does the calculations not me.

Route Map


Well, I didn't expect to be walking here today. I'd left home intending to walk from Kentmere but on the drive through I decided the weather just wasn't as nice as I wanted it to be for that particular walk. So, that idea was ditched and the route planning for today's walk was done on the drive down Dunmail Raise. So, here I am approaching Dale End and looking across to Wetherlam only a few weeks after my previous walk over here.

Little Langdale Tarn and Wetherlam seen from the path on Lingmoor Fell. Swirl How and Great Carrs are the fells under cloud.

A close up of Chapel Stile, I'll be down there later.


Looking back for a view of Elter Water and part of Windermere.

Sunshine catches the side of Lingmoor Fell while over on the Langdales it looks like it's about to start raining.

Lingmoor Fell summit.

A close up of Lingmoor Tarn.

And there it is again with the Langdale fells behind.

Now I'm at the tarn after taking an off path, straight as I could manage route from the top of Lingmoor Fell. It wasn't too difficult today but I suspect the exact route I took wouldn't be possible after long periods of rain.


Looking back up to Lingmoor Fell summit.

As for the rain I mentioned earlier, well, this is where it began to fall. It didn't last long but for about five minutes it was quite heavy.

That's Blea Tarn down there. The route would see me doing a loop of the area. Along the road on the left, round the far side of the tarn and back along the path you can see on the right hand side of the picture.

On route I pass by Blea Tarn House.

Blea Tarn.


Blea Tarn's outflow.

Side Pike seen from the path leading away from Blea Tarn.

Of course it's all a matter of opinion but I reckon you get just about the best view of the Langdales from the walk down here. close enough to see every detail and just the right height so you're looking across instead of down or up at them.

Oxendale, The Band and Mickleden enjoying some sunshine while Crinkle Crags and Bow Fell remain under thick cloud.

I normally walk through Great Langdale on the opposite side of the valley but today I decided to stick to the path running along the base of Lingmoor Fell. I have to admit it made a nice change and after checking, it turns out this is the first time I've walked along this particular path since at least 2003 when I first started keeping a track of my walks.

Turning around, I look towards Crinkle Crags and Bow Fell (still under cloud). Not much good for anyone up there but down here it was sunny, very warm and a real pleasure.

The route through the valley took me behind Side House where you get some great views across to Stickle Ghyll.

The Langdales seen above Stickle Ghyll and Dungeon Ghyll.

It still looks pretty dark up there so I think I'm doing well with the amount of sunshine I was getting along here.


I could be wrong, but I thought these older VW's were quite sought after by people interested in restoring and / or driving cars over a certain age. I could be wrong again, but if the current owners don't want to use the car I reckon the right thing would be to sell it to someone who does before it falls to pieces and rusts into the ground.

Baysbrown Farm.

One of the reasons for taking this route was to try my hand in getting close to Baysbrown Tarn. Alas I was out of luck, there were "Keep Out" and "Private" signs all over the place so I had to settle for this picture of another tarn that 'got away'. Perhaps I should publish a list of tarns that I was unable to visit and the reason why; which, more often than not is because they're private.

The Langdales seen from Burlington Quarry in Elterwater.



A long distance view of the Langdale Pikes.

I pass by Langdale Village Store but not before call in to swap some money for a piece of cake and a sausage roll.
"hadn't you already had something to eat"
"Err yes, but what's that got to do with it"

Chapel Stile church seen above some of the houses in the village.

I think I'll stick to walking.

And to finish, a view looking back to Chapel Stile.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks