Elterwater - Lingmoor Fell - Little Langdale - Elterwater

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The walk starts from Elterwater, goes through the slate quarry onto Lingmoor Fell, then up to Brown Howe with its excellent views of the Langdales. After following the ridge the path descends to the road just below Side Pike.

Here I have chosen to return along the lower flanks of Lingmoor Fell on the Little Langdale side instead of the more popular Great Langdale route. The reason for this is that there is an excellent low-level walk around Great Langdale which could be saved for another day. This route also gives an opportunity to travel some of the Little Langdale Valley.

From the road just below Side Pike the route passes Blea Tarn before leaving the road on a footpath along the fellside, eventually to join a track before passing down through woods back to Elterwater.

England - North England - Cumbria - Lake District - South West


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05/08/2014 - Robert Hughes

This is a great walk which as well as giving brilliant close up views of the Langdales also provides stunning views of Bowfell and the Crinkles above the valleys of Oxendale and Mickleden. On top of this great views of the Eastern Fells and of Wetherlam, Swirl How and Great Carrs. I would agree that the descents are at the top end of moderate in that they need both hands in places and would be tricky in slippery conditions. The return via Little Langdale is an excellent alternative to the Great Langdale options but be aware that the path between WM13 and WM15 is less often walked and in summer is almost overgrown with bracken. There are also a couple of sharpish though short ascents in this section of the walk. The directions were good and easy to follow though note that at WM11 the stile is now a kissing gate. WM14: Turn right immediately after the beck up a rock step. Then at the end of this section go past the farm gate labelled 'No Road' and complete the final short ascent before reaching WM15.

11/09/2009 - Walkingworld Administrator

This walk was updated August 2009.

01/03/2009 - Estelle Rowe

Quite a tricky walk in less good weather - borders on strenuous. Take great care on the rocky descent.

05/09/2004 - A McNevin

We did this walk today Sunday 5th Sept 2004. Scenery is spectacular. However, I would personally class this walk at the high end of moderate. Some of the climbs and descents are quite taxing.

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