Lingmoor Fell & Stone Arthur

Two short walks: Lingmoor Fell from Blea Tarn and Stone Arthur from Grasmere.

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Saturday, 15 April 2017
1.62 miles/2.6 km and 2.98 miles/4.8 km
843 ft/257 m ascent and 1,335 ft/407 m ascent
1 hour 7 minutes and 1 hour 31 minutes 

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Easy route up and down to the summit of Lingmoor Fell from the National Trust Blea Tarn car park.  Windy on the top, but great views of the Langdale Pikes, Bowfell and Crinkle Crags.  An easy stroll to stretch Gillian’s injured leg.

From the road outside Grasmere village (all the car parks were full) up the stepped path to Stone Arthur, crossing the landslide where the path was swept away in December 2015 floods.  Reaching the summit from the back – still very windy day.

Langdale Pikes from Grasmere

Long trek through Easedale to visit the Langdale Pikes.

Sunday, 9 April 2017
12.55 miles/20.2 km
2,867 ft/874 m ascent
6 hours 32 minutes

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Early morning start from Grasmere. Accompanied by a trio from the Isle of Man who were looking for the route to Stonethwaite – we took them as far as the bridge over Far Easedale Gill. Having set them on the right path we started our ascent of Tarn Crag (1,801ft/549m).

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From Tarn Crag we climbed towards Codale Head where the Langdale Pikes became visible. First stop Sergeant Man (2,415ft/736m) and from there across to the lunar landscape of Thunacar Knott (2,372ft/723m). And then crossing Harrison Combe towards the distinctive rocky summit of Pike of Stickle (one of our favourite scrambles). Fabulous views from the top including a rock window framing Bowfell.

Heading towards Loft Crag (2,231ft/680m) with the dramatic cliff of Gimmer Crag falling away. Partly retracing our steps to climb Harrison Stickle (2,415ft/736m) and following the confusing tracks leading to Pavey Ark (2,297ft/700m) and sheltering behind a rock for lunch.

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Followed tracks and sheep trails around the fell, passing below Sergeant Man and crossing the col dropping down to Easedale Tarn. Ran (nearly ran) back down to the start and a great ice cream in the sunshine.


Around Easedale in Snow

… where the skies cleared to give some great views of Ullscarf.

Around Easedale in Snow

Sunday, 5 February 2017
10.69 miles/17.2 km
3,005 ft/916 m ascent
6 hours 30 minutes

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Set off from Grasmere with plenty of mist on the fell summits.  Got mistier as we ascended Helm Crag (1,329ft/405m) and completely cloudy by the top of Gibson Knott (1,378ft/420m).  Boggy terrain and difficult to identify a good route to the top of Calf Crag (1,762ft/537m) and then up to the top of Codale Head (2,402ft/732m) …

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Calf Crag
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Gilian on Gibson Knott

 

 

 

 

 

 

… where the skies cleared to give some great views of Ullscarf (2,382ft/726m) and the Langdale valley.

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Ullscarf

Lengthy trek over the Blea Rigg (1,775ft/541m)  ridge to Silver How (1,296ft/395m) watching the clouds dancing in the afternoon sunshine!

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View from Blea Rigg

 


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Fairfield

Friday, 18 April 2014
10.2 miles/16.5km
3260ft/994m ascent
Trail 100 #31 & #32
Wainwright #140

Fairfield (2,864ft/873m) is a very popular mountain. Good Friday is the traditional start of the hiking season. The sun is shining, clear blue skies all day. The popular routes up Fairfield are going to be very, very busy; a steady stream of hikers walking up the well trodden paths from Grasmere, Ambleside and Patterdale. We stopped to take a ‘selfie’ by Goldrill Beck before starting our walk.

Goldrill BeckSetting off in the Sunshine

Our route was from Patterdale up Deepdale, and when that got too crowded (with one other couple), we left the path and headed up the steep rock strewn, grassy slope that winds around Greenhow End.

Greenhow End

We stopped to watch a Peregrine Falcon feeding young on a nest on the crag. And crags are the major feature of this route. Looking up from the valley floor, Hart Crag (2,697ft/822m) and Fairfield look an unpromising route, but once you know, there is a clear route.  There is no path here, but from a distance a grassy strip ascends winding in a mirrored ‘S’ shape around Greenhow End to the top of Fairfield.

I promised to mention drumlins in this post.  Here is a photograph of the field of drumlins lying, where the glacier left them, at top of Deepdale.

Drumlins

Wainwright does not recommend this ascent, but for those with strong legs and a a desire to walk on less trodden paths, this is a superb way up a fantastic mountain.

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The views of the central Lake District fells and the Helvellyn ridge are breathtaking.  We ate lunch on the crowded top and then followed the more traditional steep scree covered path down over Cofa Pike (2,700ft/823m) and St Sunday Crag (2,759ft/841m) following the ridge.

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From there we diverted onto the grassy bank of Birks (2,041ft/622m) and then quickly down to Arnison Crag (1,421ft/433m), which has a great view of Patterdale and Ullswater.

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Route

From the car park in Patterdale (NY396160)

Fairfield Route