Car Park by Blea Tarn
LENGTH: 8 miles / 13 km
ASCENT: 1400 feet / 424 metres
START: Grid reference NY296042
MAPS: We always recommended you take a map and compass with you when following a walk route. Available maps are:
BMC – LD 1:40000 XT40 Covers the central lake district.
OS Explorer – 1:25,000 – Sheet OL6
OS Landranger – 1:50,000 – Sheet 90
Maps can be purchased at the ODG if required.
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.