Thursday 17th December 2009


Start Point : NT Car Park Blea Tarn (NY 295 043)

Distance : 3.6 miles Height Ascended : 360 metres


Route Map

Side Pike over Bleatarn House - the tips of the Langdale Pikes just discernible through the snowy gloom


Bleatarn House - referred to as The Solitary by Wordsworth.

Opposite the house a clear grassy track climbs up to a wall gap and continues to wind up the slope to the summit of Lingmoor Fell


Looking back through the wall gap


The Langdale Pikes would remain prominent throughout today's walk


A rare outing for Bruce


Pike o' Blisco.


A long distance view up to the head of Mickleden


A light dusting of snow adds a wintry flavour to the scenery


Looking down on Blea Tarn


Another view of Mickleden - a glint of sun lights the top of The Band below Bow Fell


Crinkle Crags


The Langdale Pikes from the summit of Lingmoor Fell


Overlooking Great Langdale


The Langdale Pikes


King o' the Ling


Snow-laden clouds approaching the Blea Rigg / Silver How ridge


Lingmoor Tarn


Side Pike


Side o' Side Pike spot the sheep


Bruce has no problem slipping through 'the squeeze' on Side Pike


A gloomy view of Blea Tarn


For its relative lack of height Side Pike provides a peerless viewpoint

Pike o Blisco, Crinkle Crags, Bow Fell, Rossett Pike and of course the majestic Langdale Pikes


Crinkle Crags, Bow Fell and Rossett Pike


Crinkle Crags at the head of Oxendale


The Band separating the upper Langdale valleys of Oxendale and Mickleden


Lingmoor Fell from the track leading to Blea Tarn

Bleatarn Hose to the left, the path taken to the summit of Lingmoor Fell seen sloping left to right above the tree-lined cut in the hillside


Crossing the footbridge over the outlet from Blea Tarn


The Langdale Pikes and Side Pike over Blea Tarn