Lingmoor Fell & Stone Arthur

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


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).


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.


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.

Loughrigg Fell

Short walk for a late Saturday afternoon.

Saturday, 8 April 2017
3.85 miles/6.2 km
928 ft/283 m ascent
1 hours 33 minutes

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Short walk for a late Saturday afternoon.  Saw a trio of deer near the begining of the walk.  Starting from Skelwith Bridge walking up the road to Red Bank and then around to the start of Loughrigg Terrace then climbing the stepped path to the summit of Loughrigg Fell (1,099ft/335m).


After stopping for photographs at the trig point a quick descent down to Loughrigg Tarn and then back along the road.


Kentmere Horseshoe

Fabulous day ridge walking in sunshine.

Sunday, 2 April 2017
15.41 miles/24.8 km
4,019 ft/1,225 m ascent
6 hours 54 minutes

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Early morning start from Kentmere, taking the last parking space by the church. Trekked up the Garburn Pass and then turning right to ascend Yoke (2,316ft/706m), and then the fabulous ridge over Ill Bell (2,484ft/757m), and Froswick (2,362ft/720m) to Thornthwaite Crag (2,572ft/784m).


From Thornthwaite Crag we decided to add on Gray Crag (2,293ft/699m) and then retraced our steps and up on to High Street (2,717ft/828m).  Then back to the classic Kentmere Horseshoe.

Mardale Ill Bell (2,493ft/760m) and the descent to the Nan Bield Pass for lunch in the wind shelter. Crowded with walkers and cyclists. After lunch climbing to Harter Fell (2,556ft/779m) and then the slightly boggy trail over Kentmere Pike (2,395ft/730m) and down to Shipman Knotts (1,926ft/587m).

Holme Fell and Black Fell

Back down via Tarn Hows and the very pretty Tom Gill Falls.

Saturday, 18 March 2017
6.96 miles/11.2 km
1,437 ft/438 m ascent
3 hours 35 minutes

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The weather forecast predicted heavy rain and gale force winds on the summits.  So we headed for two smaller hills and walked up flooded paths that were more like streams.

Up to the summit of Holme Fell (1,040ft/317m), the path churned by a herd of Belted Galloway cattle that replace the more typical sheep on these fells.


View very limited due to the mist and the persistent fine rain.  Then picked our way across the bobbly ridge following sheep tracks and cow paths back to the Coniston road near Arnside.  33515326265_b4aef4b366_oThe bridleway leads past Tarn Hows, through Iron Keld and up to the top of Black Fell (1,060ft/323m).

Very windy on the summit.  Back down via Tarn Hows and the very pretty (and full) Tom Gill Falls to the car park.


Binsey and Dodd

More wind and mist – so no real views!

Binsey and Dodd

Saturday, 18 February 2017
6.21 miles/10.0 km
1,745 ft/532 m ascent
1 hours 11 minutes

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Bit of a wet and misty day.  Off to Binsey (1,467ft/447m), ran straight up the front, ridiculously windy on the summit.  Stopped for a quick photo and then ran back down.

Drove to Dodd Wood car park.  Walked up through the woods in mist, winding our way up to the summit of Dodd (1,647ft/502m).  More wind and mist – so no real views!  Coffee and cake at the Sawmill Cafe.

Back o’ Skiddaw

North of Skiddaw there are a number of remote hills and we set off to climb most of them in a single walk.

Back o’ Skidda

Friday, 17 February 2017
12.68 miles/20.4 km
3,051 ft/930 m ascent
5 hours 27 minutes

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North of Skiddaw there are a number of remote hills and we set off to climb most of them in a single walk.  Passed a man repairing an old dry stone wall as we climbed towards Brocklecrag.  When we reached the hause at the foot of Knott (2,329ft/710m), we changed our plans and added Great Calva (2,264ft/690m) to our itinery.

Pretty valley looking back to Great Cockup, with a lookout sheep.

From Orthwaite, we walked up the valley flanked by Burn Tod and Little Calva a very pretty route up – our ascent was watched by a lookout sheep.  Very wet and boggy route up Great Calva, but good views across to Knott from the summit.  Mist fell as we re-traced our steps and then climbed the grassy slope to the summit cairn.

Great Calva

From here we crossed to Great Sca Fell (2,136ft/651m) and then followed the ridge over Little Sca Fell (2,077ft/633m) to Brae Fell (1,923ft/586m)  with good views to High Pike.  From there we started the long trek out to Longlands Fell (1,585ft/483m), skirting the deep ravine.  Then re-tracing our steps to just below Little Sca Fell and then headed towards Meal Fell (1,804ft/550m).

Steep descent to Trusmadoor and then sharp climb with tired legs to the summit of Great Cockup (1,726ft/526m).  As we walked down the track we passed the dry stone waller who had completed a short section of wall in the time we had been walking.