Side Pike and Lingmoor Fell (via Elterwater)

This was – at last! – my first proper fell-walk since my operation in December last year, and, although relatively low-level it was very satisfying in other respects, especially given the fine weather conditions and the spectacular scenery.

 

The route went from Elterwater village along the southern side of Langdale, initially following the banks of Great Langdale Beck and then later on skirting the lower flanks of Oak Howe and Side Pike.  Ever-finer views of the valley bottom and Langdale Pikes all the way.

 

Then up from the junction with the 'Yellow Brick Road' (the 'Access for All' path from Langdale NT camp-site to Blea Tarn) to the summit of Side Pike, and then on from there, via the 'Fat Man's Agony', to Lingmoor Fell summit.  All of this section provided very fine panoramas of neighbouring fells to the north (Langdale Pikes), west (Pike o' Blisco, Crinkle Crags, Bowfell and Rossett Pike) and to the south-west (Wetherlam, Swirl How and Great Carrs).  Descent was back down the long, undulating ridge of Lingmoor Fell until the gate giving access to the path down the north-west slope, and thence to the Burlington Quarry road.

Great to be back!

Highest point (Lingmoor Fell):  1539 ft./ 469 m.  Distance:  6.8 miles/  10.9 km.  Ascent: 1639 ft./ 499 m.

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