Lingmoor Fell and Blea Tarn


Side Pike © Michael Graham
Langdale Pikes from Lingmoor Fell © Andrew Hill
Blea Tarn © Karl and Ali

This is not a high altitude fell walk by any means but Lingmoor Fell can often be free of deep snow or mist and it still offers the prospect of some good fell walking and some fantastic views.

From either the National Trust or Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel car parks head south on the road and where this heads south west to the right take the path towards the campsite and follow the path up with the imposing crags of Side Pike to your left. This wonderful miniature "mountain" can also be included in the walk or you can skirt beneath it and climb steeply up to the col beneath its eastern face. From here it is a matter of following the ridge walk to the summit of Lingmoor Fell named Brown Howe on the OS Map. It is a wonderful walk with excellent views all around you. Of particular note are the Tilberthwaite Fells with Wetherlam looking particularly ominous to the south. The Langdale Pikes, Bowfell and the Crinkle Crags and the blue waters of Lake Windermere can all be seen.

From the summit cairn you can continue south westerly along the path towards the Blea Tarn car park and then skirt round the south west side of the tarn and then towards Side Pike on your right and then back to Langdale.

Alternatively head south easterly towards Dale End Farm and into Little Langdale where you could arrange to meet a taxi to return to the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel. Otherwise, a return to Blea Tarn can be made via a number of routes. From Dale End take the farm track and cross the main lane in Little Langdale heading for High Birk Howe and Slater's Bridge. The bridge is worth a visit in its own right and is a remarkable piece of workmanship.

Continue west along the stony track towards Greenburn, taking the right fork to Fell Foot Farm. Follow the Wrynose Pass road round to the left in front of Castle Howe and then carefully pick your way across Blea Moss as you head north to Blea Tarn. This is a delightful path, culminating with a short stretch alongside Bleamoss Beck as it tumbles down some pretty falls.

At Blea Tarn follow the route back via Side Pike to your right and then into Langdale and the ODG.

Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, Langdale, Lake District, England

The Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel is a classic walking and climbing hotel, and all the main Langdale Valley peaks can be accessed from the Old Dungeon Ghyll without needing a car to get to the start of the walk. Not just for walkers though, there are some seriously good climbs near the Old Dungeon Ghyll, you can even enjoy a sedate glass of real ale in the beer garden and be entertained by watching climbers on the crags behind the hotel.

The hotel offers excellent value for money, accommodation, traditional food and drink, relaxing home comforts and an informal atmosphere in a spectacular setting which rivals the best in the Lake District, that of the famous Langdale Pikes.