May Day Weekend – Lingmell   14 comments

Most of our happy band had arrived and we woke to a glorious morning of clear blue skies. Warm enough – just – to cook breakfast outside. What could be better.

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After quite a momentous amount of faffing about we were ready to head to hills. We agreed that a repeat of the walk up into the Scafell range by following the path along Piers Gill was in order. Most of the gang had done this last year when we missed the weekend and I’ve never done that route. No-one seemed to mind doing it again.

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The views in Wasdale as parked up and began the walk were sublime. Classic views to Kirk Fell and Great Gable and back down Wasdale towards Wast Water.

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Despite the sunshine there was a keen gusting wind and it was pretty cold. However the forecast was primarily dry and I’ll always settle for cold and dry over warm and wet. The Pony Path route towards Styhead has become a real favourite of mine. A grass trod with lots of interesting stream crossings and scenery. Infinitely preferable to long main drag that flanks Great Gable that the masses seem to take. I’ve walked up this path a few times recently and rarely seen anyone on it.

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We made brief lunch stop just before the main climb before tackling the hard work of the day.

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It’s a steep route that follows the line of the deep and dark ravine of Piers Gill. As you climb, the rock scenery becomes ever more impressive.

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About 2/3 the way up there is a short and quite steep scramble. Nothing too difficult with plenty of holds but worth bearing in mind if you follow this route and find rock work to be a little daunting.

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TBF poses with the impressive bulk of Great Gable behind.

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The path from here to where it joins the Corridor Route is just superb. The cliffs of Lingmell tower above and there are numerous spots where you peer over the edge into Piers Gill.

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Looking ahead the dramatic corries and peaks of the Scafell Pike range come into focus.

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Most people up here are heading for Scafell Pike and you could see the crowds on the top and surrounding paths. Our target was the smaller and quieter Lingmell.

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As we climbed the dramatic crags of Scafell really caught the eye as well as dark and dramatic views out over Wast Water to the coast.

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If we all look a bit chilly sat on the top that may be because it was perishingly cold and a little snowy at this point.

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A cracking little summit though, superb viewpoint for Englands highest range and Great Gable and we had it to ourselves.

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DB Jr doing what DBs do best, scrambling around in dangerous places giving me unsettling moments.

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You can probably tell from the photos that Great Gable is the real eye catching peak from this walk.

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No walk up here would be complete with following the Corridor Route. Its a magnificent path through some wild and rocky terrain but apart from one short scramble a well made and very easy path.

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A couple of photos from my phone in a sunnier interval to give a flavour of what you can expect if you tackle it.

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Time for another stop (a good route deserves time to appreciate it)

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We managed to pick out Napes Needle across the valley on Great Gable and some people stood at the bottom in blue jackets. Not sure if they were just admiring it or planning to climb it.

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As we turned to head back down the sun came out in glorious abundance. Another sit down on the grass was in order. Mostly to rest and sunbathe. For me and the DBs a chance to behave like kids and fill each others pockets and packs with rocks.

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The views back from the last stretch to the car were wonderful in the evening light. Great Gable.

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And Kirk Fell.

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Superb day of great walking in great company.

What better way to finish off than a BBQ and a roaring fire.

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It was a bit chilly for sitting outside but everyone had a fun time. The campsite hire out fire pits made from old washing machine tubs. Nothing better for kids and adults who pretend to be kids than playing with fire on a campsite.

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14 responses to “May Day Weekend – Lingmell

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  1. An absolutely brilliant day of hiking and awesome camping. Just a tad jealous.

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  2. Really, “a momentous amount of faffing about”. I don’t remember that :-). Great walk that. Everybody does like perishing in the summit photo. I don’t remember being particularly cold, but then I didn’t really sit down for any length of time – too busy taking photos. Your Napes Needle photo came out really well!

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  3. Amazing views! Looks like fun back at the campsite too. Hikes (and camp-outs) are much better with good company.

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  4. Great area. Love the Lakes. Folk down south rave about Scotland but for me the Lake District is hard to beat. Great scenery, pretty towns and villages, pubs, shopping and wildlife and far less midges, clegs and ticks to deal with.

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    • I think there might be some familiarity at work as I prefer the highlands most fo the year (excluding the midge season!). Most of the well known areas of the Lakes are almost impossible to enjoy now with crowds and the prices are sky high. Still some unspoilt corners left but they are becoming increasingly hard to find.

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  5. If only it had been like that when I was up there ☹️

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  6. Haven’t done Lingmell yet for some reason. I wasn’t doing the Wainwrights when I walked the Corridor Route to The Pike and back over the top to Great End. Still those views to Great Gable need a good day to admire them

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    • Its a fine summit (I camped up there once many years ago) with superb views. Scafell Pike is a bit off bland summit in my opinion although the rest of the peaks and carries in the range are marvellous. Corridor is an absolute classic

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