- Lingmoor Fell
Name = Lingmoor Fell
Photo = Lingmoor_Fell_from_Black_Fell.jpg
Caption = Lingmoor Fell from Black Fell, 5 km to the SE. With
Bowfelland the Langdale Pikes in the distance.
Lake District, Southern Fells
Elevation = 469 m (1,540 ft)
Grid_ref_UK = NY302046
OS "Landranger" 89, 90 OS "Explorer" OL6
Prominence = 245 m
Parent peak =
Listing = Marilyn, Wainwright
Lingmoor Fell is a
fellin the English Lake District, situated eight kilometres west of Ambleside. The fell reaches a modest height of 469 m (1,540 ft) and divides the valleys of Great Langdaleand Little Langdale. The fell's name originates from the Old Norseword "lyng" meaning “heather covered”. The actual summit of the fell is named as Brown How on Ordnance Surveymaps.
Although it is surrounded by higher and better known fells, Lingmoor Fell is quite separate and distinct with no connecting ridges to other fells, giving it a considerable
topographic prominenceof 245 metres (for such a small fell) making it a Marilyn hill. Lingmoor Fell has a subsidiary top, known as Side Pike (362 m, 1,187 ft) which lies 1.5 kilometres to the north west , it is a fine rock tower that is only accessible from the west and south. Walkers wishing to visit Side Pike from Lingmoor Fell are blocked by unassailable crags and must traverse round to easier slopes to the south.
The fells northern and eastern flanks are clothed in deciduous woodland up to the 200 metre contour, there are also patches of heather and bracken on these lower slopes. Lingmoor Tarn, an attractive mountain lake (about 200 metres in length) with a couple of small islands, lies 600 metres north of the summit. One kilometre north of the summit of the fell stands another topographic feature, this is the detached rock pinnacle of Oak Howe Needle. The needle is part of Oak Howe Crag, a popular
climbinglocation on the fell, with over ten routes on Rhyolitecrags.
The summit area is formed from a large sill if
andesite, overlying the dacitic lapilli- tuffof the Lingmoor Fell Formation. British Geological Survey: 1:50,000 series maps, "England & Wales Sheet 38": BGS (1998)]
Lingmoor Fell's north eastern slopes above the villages of
Elterwaterand Chapel Stile have long been quarried for its high quality Westmorlandgreen slate, the Burlington quarry at Elterwater has been worked for over 300 years and is still in production today, turning out over 800 tonnes of slate annually. Many of the quarries have closed over the years and the crags are now used by rock climbers.
Lingmoor Fell can be climbed either from Elterwater in Great Langdale or from the Blea Tarn car park in Little Langdale (grid reference gbm4ibx|NY296043). The latter route makes use of an old quarry track for much of the way. The Elterwater route can be slightly confusing in its early stages as there are a jumble of paths through the lower woodland and quarries, the route becomes clear once the open fell has been reached.
ummit and View
The summit of the fell has a high
dry stonewall crossing it, the wall in fact traverses the entire spine of the fell, starting at the eastern foot and terminating abruptly at the crags below Side Pike in the west before re-commencing on the plateau. The view from the summit of Lingmoor Fell is highly regarded, there is a classic view of the Langdale Pikes and all of the high fells around the head of Great Langdale can be well appraised. The Coniston Fells to the south west are also well seen.
* Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells, Southern Fells, Alfred Wainwright ISBN 0-7112-2457-9
* Complete Lakeland Fells, Bill Birkett ISBN 0-00-713629-3
* [http://www.ukclimbing.com/databases/crags/craginfo.html?id=1616 www.ukclimbing.com on Oak Howe Crag]
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