An out and back walk from the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel car-park. The Hotel car parking is available for non Hotel users but you will need to purchase a parking ticket from a machine.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A) From the Old Dungeon Ghyll (ODG) Hotel car park, take the entrance road back towards the main Langdale road and at the entrance to Middle Fell Farm go through the gate and take the path across the field to the stone bridge over the river. (Alternatively as shown on the map, go onto the Langdale Valley road and turn right) Continue along the road until you can take the gate into the National Trust camp-site on your left.
(1) The path cuts up through the campsite on your right and goes through a gate, over a field and through another gate before ascending the fellside.
(2) The path levels out and at the junction with a dry stone wall take the gate on your right, cross the road and go immediately ahead to a larger gate on your left. Go through the gate and follow the good track towards Blea Tarn. Go through another gate an onto a path that has been constructed to be wheel chair friendly .This path leads around the lake to the car park at the top of the pass between Langdale and Little Langdale.
Do not go all the way to the car park, instead follow the good path to where it turns left and crosses a bridge,
(3) Take a right turn up and follow the path up and through the trees turning back right and contouring the hillside before dropping back down and onto the path you started on. Follow this back along to gate (2)
(4) From here you can descend to the ODG but a good diversion is to take the path to Side Pike ¼ mile. This path leads diagonally across the fell before it zig-zags back again. It will cross the dry stone wall before zig-zagging back and following the wall to the top of Side Pike.
(5) This ascent is interesting to the walker as there are numerous rocky steps where easy scrambling provides some interest. Retrace your steps back to (4) There are minor variations you can make before descending to the ODG.
Please note the west spur of Side Pike is the normal way up and down from Side Pike and in particular the East and South East sides are steep, being of interest to rock climbers. Do not try to walk from the top of Side Pike over to Lingmoor Fell directly : if you wish to do this you will have to back track and take a lower path which
curves around and down to the foot of the crags, passing behind a flake of rock via as squeeze.
D/A : km 0 - alt. 101m - Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel car park
1 : km 0.38 - alt. 100m
2 : km 1.21 - alt. 229m
3 : km 2.35 - alt. 196m
4 : km 3.55 - alt. 229m
5 : km 4.18 - alt. 315m - Side Pike
D/A : km 5.96 - alt. 101m
An easy walk up to and around Blea Tarn but the upper path through the woods can be wet and it is advisable to wear stout footwear on the way up Side Pike.
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There are good photography opportunities around Blea Tarn and good views from Side Pike.
Crinkle Crags summits lie facing the summits of Langdale Fell separated by Mickleden Beck River valley.
The main objective of this walk is the wonderful lake District mountain Bowfell. Once the summit is reached some less familiar territory is included in the route before the return leg to the starting point point is along the Mickelden Valley.
A good circular walk around Lingmoor fell with plenty of interest which is a great choice if the higher fells are shrouded in cloud.
The walk takes in the Langdale and Little Langdale Valleys, explores a disused slate quarry and passes a working slate quarry. The walking and route finding are easy, the views are good and there are places on the way to buy refreshments. As a circular walk it can be started from a variety of places along the route.
This Langdale walk includes two of the well know Langdale Pikes - Harrison Stickle and Pike o'Stickle - and continues to visit the less walked Rosset Pike so you can avoid the crowds.
Here's a collection of routes starting or finishing at a YHA in The Lakes. Along the way are 6 Wainwrights, 3 tarns,1 lake and 1 pub. This is a tough route but take time to enjoy the scenery around you and be careful on the high ground. Look around and take in the beauty that is The Lake District.
The YHA is a great institution and I guess most fell walkers have stayed at a hostel at some time in their lives. They were created "to help all, especially young people of limited means, to a greater knowledge, love and care of the countryside, particularly by providing hostels or other simple accommodation for them on their travels". Here's a collection of routes starting or finishing at a YHA in The Lakes. Along the way are 6 Wainwrights, 3 tarns,1 lake and 2 pubs.
A hike to four summits discovering a wide range of this part of the Nation Park Lake District. The Park Lake District trails aren't waymarked. There are very few signs but the pathway is straightforward as there aren't many crossings. It is, however, preferable not to leave the trail, especially in foggy weather.
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