Wednesday 14 June 2017. Jacqui was with me again today as we drove into Great Langdale for a walk around Lingmoor Fell. This was based on a HF route that I did a few years back but this time I opted not to go to the top of the fell although our route took us to just 200ft below the highest point on the fell. Starting from the NT car park at the New Dungeon Ghyll we had a climb of 350ft to the road close to Side Pike. From here the going became easier as we made our way down to Blea Tarn for coffee.
I had told Jacqui that the next section of the route was a contouring path around the southern side of the fell. What I hadn’t factored in was the steep 650ft climb up to just below Brown How. I needed quite a few rest stops on this climb which featured countless false summits. Both of us were glad to reach the top. The contouring path was eventually reached and once again provided easy walking. We stopped for lunch near to an old quarry building from where we could see Weatherlam, Crinkle Crags, Bow Fell and even Scafell Pike.
We then headed downhill towards Elterwater and back into Great Langdale. The last leg of the walk towards Baysbrown and Oak Howe seemed to drag but I think this was because we were both getting tired by now. It was a relief to get back to the car and to visit the nearby pub for a quenching drink. We met two guys walking on Troutbeck Tongue yesterday and couldn’t believe it when we bumped into them again today whilst enjoying a post-walk drink. What are the odds for this? It had been an odd day weatherwise with morning mist clearing from the hilltops to give way to warm and humid sunshine. The walk was 7.4 miles with just under 2,000ft of ascent.
We had a slow drive out of Great Langdale as we had to follow a large bus as far as Ambleside. Back at Ings we called in to the Watermill pub for a well deserved meal. We had enjoyed the food there yesterday and today’s meal was just a good. No doubt we’ll call in again tomorrow.