Ling Fell, from Sale Fell

Ling Fell, from Sale Fell

Height: 1224 feet above sea level.

Volume: Book 6 (The North Western Fells)

Date climbedFirst visit: 1st June 2010 (walk 17). Second visit: 18th February 2016 (walk 106).

Ling Fell summit

Summit of Ling Fell. Cockermouth in the distance.

Bagged as number: First visit: 57 out of 330. [ << Sale Fell (56)  (58) Rosthwaite Fell >> ]

Second visit: 25 out of 330. [ << Nab Scar (24)  (26) Sale Fell >> ]

Route of ascent and descent: First visit: Ascended from the Wythop valley, and descended to same before walking down the road to Embleton.

Second visit: To be honest, all ascents of this fell are probably going to start from about the same point, namely the gate which allows access to the open common of the fell, near the cottage of Burthwaite. The ascent was slightly varied by going round the fell and coming up the south slope, near Wythop Moss, but the descent was much the same, after which I went on to Sale Fell.

Summit of Ling Fell

Me on the summit of Ling Fell, looking so ludicrously casual about it all that I appear to have fallen asleep

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 2 of his chapter): “Ling Fell is an isolate rounded hill on the northwest perimeter of Lakeland… Its lack of visual appeal… is somewhat misleading and belies its nature, for the easy slopes and commodious top are extremely pleasant to wander upon, heather, bracken, incipient gorse and grass alternating underfoot in colourful patches but never so densely as to impede progress.

“The fell is one of the portals of the quiet Wythop dale, which lies alongside and behind, hidden and unsuspected….”

What I say: Hardly a dramatic or exciting fell, but it’s pleasant enough. Descent is a bit awkward however, as the fell’s very lack of rock causes problems by resulting in very grassy, slippery paths. In those circumstances the height of the fell is irrelevant.

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One Response to “Ling Fell”

  1. […] walk 106: the same territory as walk 17, which I did (with the wife) back in June 2010. Ling Fell and Sale Fell were the two summits bagged, both from volume 6, the first two from that book bagged […]

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