Lingmoor Fell

Lingmoor Fell from the east, with the Langdale Pikes behind

Height: 1530 feet above sea level in the first edition. The second edition boosts this a bit to 1539′.

Volume: Book 4 (The Southern Fells)

Date climbed: First visit: 6th January 2011 (walk 29). Second visit: 18th November 2019 (walk 172).

Bagged as numberFirst round: 94 out of 330. [ << Grike (93)  (94) Tarn Crag >> ]

Second round: 232 of 330. [ << Holme Fell (231)  (233-37) Naddle Horseshoe (part) >> ]

Route of ascent and descent: First visit: Ascended from Elterwater. Descended to Dungeon Ghyll, taking in Side Pike on the way (see notes below).

Lingmoor Fell summit

Lingmoor Fell summit

Second visit: Came up from Little Langdale. Descent to Dungeon Ghyll as before, but this time I omitted Side Pike.

What Mr Wainwright says (from pages 2 and 9 of his chapter): “A crescent-shaped ridge of high round rises to the west from Elterwater’s pleasant pastures, climbs to a well-defined summit, a fine vantage point, and then curves northwards as it descends to valley level near Dungeon Ghyll….

“There is no better place than the top of Lingmoor Fell for appraising the geography of the Langdale district. From this viewpoint the surround of rugged heights towering above the valley head of Great Langdale is most impressive, while across Little Langdale the Coniston fells form a massive wall. In marked contrast is the low countryside extending towards Windermere, richly wooded and sparkling with the waters of many lakes.”

Langdale and Lingmoor Fell

Looking back to Langdale from the ascent of the Band, on Bowfell. Lingmoor Fell on the right.

What I say: As a climb this was middling: not particularly difficult or dramatic, but not dull and grassy either; some scrambling is needed at times. Yes, the views were very good, although the first time I came the weather closed in just before I was able to check out the famous prospect of the Langdale Pikes from Lingmoor Fell. On the day I climbed, however, Wetherlam made a bid for the position of ‘most dramatic object seen yet on these walks’: see the photos on the walk 29 page.

However, I have to say that Lingmoor Fell was definitely a good place to explore, with Banks Quarry having within it a hidden (and slightly spooky) old cave (but don’t go inside! These old quarry workings are dangerous); the woodlands on the slopes; many interesting paths; and Side Pike which is worth some discussion in its own right (see below). Look out also for the ‘cache’ in the cairn to the east of the summit, at approximately NY305044.

Langdale classic view

The classic view of Langdale, coming off Lingmoor Fell. Side Pike very obvious.

A note on Side Pike:  Any attempt to classify all the examples of something has to draw the boundaries at some point and Wainwright did this in two ways: firstly by defining a geographical area to be covered, and second, assigning the ‘full treatment’ to certain summits in that area. Significant summits (like Black Combe, Muncaster Fell) omitted due to the first criterion were later dealt with in his ‘Outlying Fells’ book; but there are some summits within the region that seem to have all the necessary characteristics for the ‘full treatment’ but are not separate chapters, thus, are not among the 214.

Lingmoor Fell from Tarn Crag

Lingmoor Fell from Tarn Crag. Side Pike to the right.

To me Side Pike seems to have just as much right to a full chapter as, say, Castle Crag (which it physically resembles, being a thimble-shaped excrescence on the side of the parent fell). You can’t simply take it in on the way down from Lingmoor Fell due to its extremely steep eastern face which is unclimbable without special equipment (so please don’t try…). A separate ascent – thus, extra effort – is needed. Once at the top you are literally only about 100 yards in lateral distance from the path below, but it took half a mile of walking to get between the two points.  Incidentally do take care on the top as the precipice drops away vertically only a few paces from the summit cairn.

I suspect that AW had so much to pack into The Southern Fells that he had to be stricter about inclusion than he would have in, say,  the northern regions. Whatever, Side Pike is not a Wainwright: but it’s worth the climb anyway. Just remember, there really is only one way on and off it.

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3 Responses to “Lingmoor Fell”

  1. Simon Preston said

    good site. but you don’t seem to be aware of the “squeeze” on side pike making it climbable from lingmoor fell too. i only found out about it recently myself. AW had a rare lapse & somehow missed it.
    this site has a few decent pics of it..

  2. […] showed that the best days out are not necessarily spent on the highest or most popular fells. Lingmoor Fell is well situated on the south side of Great Langdale and it does have Side Pike, its small but very […]

  3. […] (but frosty) November day, filled that gap and along the way bagged two summits, Holme Fell and Lingmoor Fell from book 4 — my first excursion into The Southern Fells for some eighteen months. Not a […]

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