Start/Finish: Old Dungeon Ghyll
Wainwrights: just Lingmoor Fell
Distance: 4.5 Miles
Height Gained: 1719 feet
Time Taken: a very leisurely 5 hours
Standing in isolation between the Great & Little Langdale valleys Lingmoor Fell is a bit of a loose end for a Wainwright bagger who likes to link many peaks together over longer walks. The solution was therefore to bring to my 7 year old and make a day of it. No rush, just a leisurely exploration of a fell untrodden for me but often seen from above. As the boy loves 'climbing' and 'scrambling' I decided on a route from Old Dungeon Ghyll which took in the rocky Side Pike and then return via Blea Tarn where he could skim stones and do other 'boy stuff'. It was a resounding success. He had a great day and the weather was perfect. He now wants to climb the Langdale Pikes having seen them from one of their best vantage points on this walk.
|Admiring the Langdale Pikes
|Looking along Mickleden
|Bow Fell & Crinkle Crags
|Doing some 'Scrambling'
|Racing me to the top ... and winning!
|Lovely views over to the 'Pikes' ...
|... and over to Bowfell / Crinkles
|Side Pike summit panorama
|Looking over to Lingmoor Fell from Side Pike
|Squeezing through rocks on Side Pike
|Looking back to Side Pike - Great spot for a rest
|No words required !
|Picture postcard stuff !
|Looking back along the route taken
|Approaching Lingmoor Fell summit
|Great views over to Bowfell
|Lingmoor Fell summit with Windermere beyond
|Views back westwards
|Lingmoor Fell summit panorama north ...
|... and south
|Nice views from our lunch spot
|Heading back down
|The Heather in full bloom
|Always time for a bit of tree climbing
|Thinking Blea Tarn is heart shaped
|Those Langdale Pikes are just too photogenic
|Blea Tarn ...
|... and again
|Doing 'boy stuff'
|Looking back towards Lingmoor Fell ...
|... and Side Pike
|Nearly back at the car
|But first a bit of paddling
|That felt good!
|Perfect spot to cool down
We actually spent about an hour by this stream as the boy insisted on taking his kit off and going for a 'swim'. It really was a lovely spot to splash around and cool down. The perfect end to great dad & lad day out.