Lake District weekend away at Rydal hall

23rd January 2010

Saturday's medium walk over Lingmoor Fell

This was a medium walk, just to prove to the sceptics that I can actually plan them. We started out from Elterwater, spurning the "sell your grannie for medical research to pay the charges" car park in the village in favour of a free one just up the hill. We passed through the highly scenic Burlington slate quarry, before heading up Great Langdale for the Cumbria Way. The weather was glorious, there was snow on the tops but none where we were walking and all was right with the world. So right, in fact, that I actually let people have a break to admire the scenery and take a few pictures.

Slate workings
Slate workings
Quarries at Yew Crag
Quarries at Yew Crag
Talking about slate
Talking about slate
The "road" to Great Langdale!
The "road" to Great Langdale!

Great Langdale
Great Langdale
Great Langdale
Great Langdale
No, we're not going all the way up those
No, we're not going all the way up those
The high Southern Fells
The high Southern Fells

A wild forest sheep
A wild forest sheep
Langdale Pikes again
Langdale Pikes again
The Band and Bow Fell beyond
The Band and Bow Fell beyond

Every silver lining has a cloud though, and ours came in the form of a sharpish pull up to the pass between Great and Little Langdale and then a short but very steep climb onto Lingmoor Fell. We decided to reward ourselves with lunch on the top. Setting off again, we were rewarded with a staggering view across the lower fells to the sea, the valleys filled with mist. Unfortunately, the cloud fell and the sun packed up and went home but as we were leaving the fell for Little Langdale, we weren't too worried. It did start to spit with rain, but James donned the ceremonial waterproofs, which immediately made it stop. We had a quick road walk to cross the Slater's Bridge, which was not strictly necessary to the route but is so lovely I couldn't resist including it.

A quick break halfway up Lingmoor Fell
A quick break halfway up Lingmoor Fell
A longer break nearer the top of Lingmoor Fell
A longer break nearer the top of Lingmoor Fell
Lunch
Lunch
Walking along Lingmoor Fell
Walking along Lingmoor Fell

Misty over Windermere way
Misty over Windermere way
Mist and cloud mirroring
Mist and cloud mirroring
Relieved the challenge is over!
Relieved the challenge is over!
Slater's Bridge in Little Langdale
Slater's Bridge in Little Langdale

We wandered down the dale, pausing at Colwith Force for more photos, to Skelwith Bridge, where we picked up the track back past the perfectly still Elterwater, and on to the village. We had a brief pause at the Wainwright's Inn in Chapel Stile for a well deserved pint before we headed for Rydal and dinner. 9.5 miles, 300m of ascent and as a perfect a day's walking as you could hope for.


Waterfall
Waterfall
River Brathay impersonating a still pool
River Brathay impersonating a still pool

Sunset
Sunset
Sunset
Sunset
Walking faster now
On the way to the pub

Walk led by Julia E; photos by Gary D, Andy L and Barry F
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