ONE Wainwright circular walk: Lingmoor Fell
Time: 2 - 3 hours
Parking: Paid car parking at the small Blea Tarn National Trust Car Park (Grid Ref: NY295043)
|Lingmoor Fell, Side Pike and the Langdales over Blea Tarn|
|Strava estimates a walking distance of 6km|
1. Before you start, go through the gate across the road from the car park to look at the view over Blea Tarn. You will have a chance to take in this beautiful view at the end of the walk, when the light is likely to be even better for the views to the Langdale Pikes, but it's too good a view not to have a quick look at the start of the walk as well!
|Sheep above the road on the way to Bleatarn House|
3. Just before you reach the house, turn right on a path that heads up the fellside on the near side of a beck flowing down from the top of the fell.
|White Bleatarn House on the roadside below|
4. Follow the path through a gap in a stone wall and continue upwards through the bracken.
|A panoramic view from Lingmoor Fell|
|Descending towards Side Pike|
|... until you are under the steep wall of Side Pike|
10. Side Pike cannot be climbed from this direction. Instead the path traverses along its southern edge, after passing through a gap between boulder and crag that Wainwright labels 'The Squeeze'.
|Blea Tarn from Side Pike|
13. A steep final part of the descent brings you out by the cattle grid on the col at the top of the road climbing up to Blea Tarn from Dungeon Ghyll.
|A final steep descent brings you out on the road below|
|Walking back along the southern banks of the tarn|
Worth knowing: If you want to take a good photograph of Lakeland scenery but aren't wanting to walk up a fell to do it, then a still clear evening on the banks of Blea Tarn is not a bad choice.
|Blea Tarn, New Year's Eve 2019|