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Lingmoor Fell and a night on Great Intake

28th - 29th December 2014

Route  28th - Elterwater - Lingmoor Fell - Lingmoor Tarn - Side Pike - Blea Tarn - Slater Bridge - Great Intake

29th - Great Intake - Betsy Crag quarry - Slater Bridge - Elterwater (about 11 miles 3100ft ascent, both days)

The forecasted spell of high pressure meant fells were in pristine condition so we had a ride up to Elterwater for a walk on probably my favourite little fell and maybe even a night out under the stars.

Robin posing as we passed through Elterwater.

Looking back over the slate quarry to Chapel Stile.

You soon get great views over the Silver How ridge to Fairfield and Helvellyn

Wetherlam, Great Carrs, Little Carrs and Wet Side Edge from the cairn at 343M

The Great wall of Lingmoor leads all the way to the summit. Pike O' Blisco, Crinkle Crags and Bowfell in a line left to right in the background

The only downside to the day was that Sue was at home ill so I didn't climb right to the summit of Lingmoor as I had promised that I wouldn't get ahead of her in our Wainwright bagging quest.

I have not been down to Lingmoor Tarn for years so today we paid it a visit.

The Langdale Pikes behind the tarn

After elevenses by the tarn we climbed up to rejoin the main path..

To our surprise the high fells now had a cloud cap.

 Side Pike.

Looking down to Blea Tarn.

The Lingmoor wall leading to the top from Side Pike

Blea Tarn was like a mirror today and it was no surprise to see several photographers happily snapping away.




 I left the decision on wether I would camp un till we reached the turning for Elterwater. But I decided to go for it and set off for Great Intake ( seen here behind the rather bemused looking sheep). Anne Lynn and Roger said their goodbye's and said they would think of me as they were sat in the nice warm cafe.

Slater Bridge.

The setting sun starts to catch the fells as I make my way up past Low Hall Garth climbing hut.

The upper reaches of the Fairfield Horseshoe catch the sun.

As do the Langdale Pikes.

Great Intake is not a high fell but it's a stiff climb from the valley. I got my tent up just before dark and settled down for what turned out to be a rather less freezing night than I had feared and as it was a very still night I slept very well and didn't wake till around 8.30

All the low lying country to the south was covered in cloud

Looking down past my tent to the Langdales.

I just happened to be looking in the right direction as the sun popped  out of the cloud..

Now the fells were lit by the morning sun.  Pike O' Blisco

Great Intake and Wetherlam.

The Langdale Pikes.

Lingmoor Fell

 and Great Rigg and Fairfield

I climbed right to the top of Great Intake for a look down at a frozen Little Langdale

Mist over Ambleside and Windermere

The view eastwards from Betsy Crag quarry.

Great Intake from near Slater Bridge

The sheep were being led down the fields as I passed. Busk Pike is the distinctive crag in the background.

Still misty over Windermere and Ambleside.

Back where I started

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