Since we returned from our holiday in Anglesey, I’ve been keeping an eye on the weather looking out for opportunities to get out for a walk. Work is usually quiet during July and August and that allows me to take some days off in addition to my holiday weeks. I hope in the future to ease of the workload so I can do more of that!
The first Friday in August promised to be a decent day up in the Lakes so I set off early to drive up the M6 (again!). I’d planned a walk in the Langdales, setting out from Elterwater village, tackling the more modest fell, Lingmoor and then returning via Little Langdale.
It was a bright and sunny morning when I parked up in the National Trust car park in the centre of the village. I took a moment to have a look at the bridge
I had a quick look at the small village – a former quarrying settlement
and then set off along the minor road that would take me towards my first objective, Lingmoor.
It’s a modest fell, only 1538 feet high and so dwarfed by the larger fells that surround it. But it’s known as a great viewpoint and I hadn’t climbed it before.
Wetherlam and the Coniston Fells dominated the view as I set out down Little Langdale.
The slopes of Lingmoor over to the right of the path
Starting to climb the fell
Another grand view of Wetherlam
The hillside was heavily covered with bracken. These days I’m wary that it could be a source of ticks so I rarely walk in shorts.
Looking across to Great Langdale
Helvelyn and the Fairfiled horseshoe peeking over the lower fells to the east of Great Langdale
Windermere visible in the distance
Carrying up the hill through slate quarry waste. There was a handy bench to stop, have a butty and take in the view
Continuing onwards and upwards the path started to shadow the “Great Wall of Lingmoor”
It’s amazing to think that people actually built these dry stone walls on top of the fells, often in places that are very difficult to access just walking never mind manhandling great lumps of stone. The walls aren’t as old as people think. They were mainly built following the Enclosure Acts of the 18th Century when common land was taken into private ownership and the peasantry lost the right to use the land. So what many would consider an attractive feature of the landscape often, depending on your point of view, represents the greed of the wealthy and oppression of the poor.
Carrying on along the path
Through the gate at the summit
Great views in every direction
The Coniston Fells
Pike ‘o Blisco with Crinkle Crags behind
Crinkle Crags and Bowfell
The Langdale Pikes
Great Langdale with the Helvelyn range and the Fairfield Horseshoe above the lower fells
Lower down Great Langdale with Loughrigg Fell in view. I could make out the distinctive shape of Ill Bell and some of the other Far Eastern fells in the distance
I stopped for a while before continuing north along the ridge
Looking down towards Blea Tarn
The path followed close to the dry stone wall
until close to Side Pike
when I took a path down to the valley
During the walk, cloud have come in but it was still warm and I completed the walk wearing only a t-shirt. No need for a fleece or jacket.
I walked down the quiet road for a short while then joined the path towards Blea Tarn.
Looking up to Lingmoor
I reached Blea Tarn, a popular beauty spot, where I stopped for a bite to eat.
I carried on round the tarn and then joined the road which would take me down to Little Langdale. It’s not usually very busy and I only saw a couple of cars as I descended down to the Wrynose Pass.
A short walk up the pass and then I took the track across to the other side of the valley
A couple of locals keeping an eye on me!
Looking back across the valley to Lingmoor
Passing an old farm building
The view from the other side
The view up Little Langdale
Looking down to Little Langdale Tarn with Lingmoor in the background
Another old house – I saw several along the valley and most of them were owned by the National Trust
And another one!
I diverted off the track over to Slaters Bridge – there’s a reason I particularly wanted to have a look at it (any guesses?)
The bridge connects Little Langdale with the many slate quarries in the Tilberthwaite area and so is named for the quarry workers who would have used it to travel too and from work.
I had intended to carry on over towards the Three Shires pub and then head back to Elterwater, but it was a grand day and I was feeling good so I decided to extend my walk. So, I turned back to carry on along the path beside the river
Looking across the valley
I came across another attractive old house, which had a tea garden! Only one thing to do.
Refreshed, I continued on the path which went past Colwith Force
Photographs never do justice to waterfalls, unfortunately. But, although not exactly the Niagara Falls, it was quite impressive.
I continued following the river
I crossed this attractive modern bridge
and then walked downstream to have a look at another waterfall, Skelwith Force
Heading back upstream the path went along Elterwater (the tarn) towards Elterwater (the village!)
It wasn’t too far now back to the village – an easy walk along a good flat path.
Reaching the car park I dumped my rucksack in the car and went for some refreshment at the popular Britannia Inn
Sadly, these days, I’m restricted to non-alcoholic beverages – but it was cold and wet and just what I needed after a long walk.
I’d gone further than intended but had enjoyed the walk. You need to take advantage of days like this one had been – we’re not getting too many of them this summer.