12th June 2016

4 easy fells = 1 tough walk - Loughrigg Fell to Lingmoor Fell

Time 7:20am to 4:40pm
Duration 9 hr 20 min
Distance 15.8 mile
Ascent Somewhere around 4800 ft
Walking with Paul Sharkey
Walthwaite Bottom - High Close - Loughrigg Terrace - Loughrigg Fell - Loughrigg Tarn - Skelwith Bridge - Park House - Park - Farm - A593 - side of Park Fell - Black Crag - Iron Keld - Tarn Hows - Tom Gill Waterfalls - Yew Tree Farm - Harry Guards Wood - Uskdale Gap - Holme Fell - Holme Ground Tarn(s) - Hodge Close - Stang End - Little Langdale - Dale End - Lingmoor Fell - Burlington Quarry - Elterwater - 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.

Route Map


Sometimes you have to take a chance with things and then hope you've made the right decision about it. Today was such a day and on this occasion it paid off. Most days this week have had a forecast of thunder, lightening and torrential rain arriving in the afternoon and most days this has been correct. With uncertainty about the timing of the rain and exactly where it would fall we decided to 'just go for it'. So, when you consider how far and wide this route would take us we were indeed taking a chance.

At the end of Loughrigg Terrace we stand for a short while admiring the view over Grasmere and across to the fells beyond.

Grasmere shore.


Loughrigg Fell summit was deserted when we arrived but not far behind us was a guy walking on his own. Hellos were exchanged and then he asked us if we were regular walkers. Once we said "yes", he opened up a conversation and asked for our opinions about the failings of many of the footpath repairs that are ruining the place. This is something I feel strongly about and off the top of my head gave some prime examples. The path around Grasmere & Rydal, Nanny Lane just above Troutbeck and the path between Walla Crag and Bleaberry Fell.
It was all very interesting and strong views were shown by all three of us but, despite the guy talking with confidence about the people he knew, the organizations he was involved in and the fact that he was intending to gather support and 'do something about it', he couldn't really tell us what his plans were. Or as I asked "how would I know how you were getting anywhere with this"

As I say, very interesting, but very strange at the same time.


A close up of Oaks - the farm not the trees, although I suspect some of them were Oaks as well.

Even without the sunshine, Loughrigg Tarn was lovely this morning. As I said at the time, I get just as much enjoyment from walking in places like this than I do from spending a whole day up on the higher fells.


Loughrigg Fell seen from the track above Loughrigg Tarn.

Tarn Foot.

Once past Skelwith Bridge and across the main road we make our way along the side of Park Fell. Looking back we see Lingmoor Fell, the Langdales and Elterwater.

That's Lingmoor Fell in the centre of the picture. We'll be there later in the day but there's quite a bit of ground to cover before we make it that far..


Black Crag summit with the Coniston fells behind and on the far left of the picture you can see Tarn Hows.

A close up of Hawkshead and Esthwaite Water.

And before we leave, here's a picture of Ambleside and part of Windermere.

Iron Keld Plantation with its leaning trees.


Our route today would take us along the western side of Tarn Hows where we passed lots of other people all out enjoying the place. I suspect most of them were walking right round the tarn(s) (there are two of them).

Tarn Hows reflections.

Yew Tree Farm is reached and we decide it's nearing the time for something to eat.
"best wait till we get to the top of Holme Fell so we're not walking up there with full stomachs"
A very wise move as it turned out.

Here's a view taken on one of our many 'get your breath back' stops. Below you can see Holme Ground Tarn and on the left, behind the heathery bit is Lingmoor Fell.

Here we are at the top of Holme Fell and all I can say is, "never before was it such hard work to gain the summit of this small fell". Those of you that were out today and walked a long way in this heat & humidity will know what I'm talking about.

A close up of Tilberthwaite.

In what seemed no time at all we reach Holme Ground Tarn.

We look over the edge of Hodge Close Quarry and spot two climbers on the opposite side.



At Stang End we look across to Lingmoor Fell and admit to each other that walking up there was going to be hard work, to say the least.

Here we cross the River Brathay.

Little Langdale houses / cottages.

Looking across to Little Langdale Tarn, Wetherlam, Swirl How and Great Carrs.


Heading to Lingmoor Fell summit.

Lingmoor Fell summit in front of Bow Fell and the Langdales (to name a few). Time for a ten minute sit down.


A close up of Chapel Stile.

Down the side of Lingmoor Fell we walk to reach Great Langdale / Burlington Quarries at Chapel Stile..

I had one of these when I was a kid
"It's a Tonka Toy. Built Tonka-tough just for fun, fun, fun"

Burlington Quarry.

Apart from the crowd outside the pub, it was fairly quiet as we walked through Elterwater to our cars on the outskirts of the village. Most visitors had probably left already or they could still have been out on their walks; wherever they may have ventured. As for us two, after walking for over 9 hours in very high humidity and high temperatures, we must have looked somewhat bedraggled and were probably covering ground much slower than usual. Yes, walking over 4 easy fells can produce a tough day out. A day I'll remember for many reasons; the route itself which to say the least is out of the ordinary / how green everything was / the humidity on Holme Fell / having to dig deep on the walk up Lingmoor Fell / the torrential rain on part of the drive home.

Despite me saying how hard the walk felt, please don't think it wasn't enjoyable because it was, it was just really hard work with the humidity.


David Hall -
Lake District Walks