Ling Fell is a small hill in the north west of the Lake District and
is close to the village of Wythop Mill, from where it can easily be
climbed. The fell is shaped like a wide dome with no particular dangers.
Its name derives from the fact that it is largely covered in heather
also known as "ling". The summit also has good views of the town of
The North Western Fells occupy the area between the
rivers Derwent and Cocker, a broadly oval swathe of hilly country
elongated on a north-south axis.
Two roads cross from east to
west dividing the fells into three convenient groups. The most northerly
sector rising between Whinlatter Pass and the Vale of Embleton, includes
Ling Fell and its near twin companion to the east Sale
Fell, are the final hills with any lakeland character in the north west
of the district.
Continuing northward across the Vale of Embleton
is a final group of very low tops on either side of the Derwent Valley
which are ignored by most guidebooks and hill lists.
To the south
of Ling Fell is the marsh of Wythop Moss and beyond this is a ridge of
fells running east to west. These are Lord's Seat, Broom Fell and
Graystones and they block all drainage in this direction.
basin of Wythop Moss therefore empties slowly via Tom Rudd Beck around
the western flanks of Ling Fell.
Ling Fell and Sale Fell, despite
standing side by side, have no topographical connection. Ling Fell's
'parent' is Broom Fell, while Sale Fell is an outlier of Lord's Seat.
They are separated by the stream of Wythop Beck which drains a catchment
to the east. The two fells act as portals to this shy valley as it
descends into the Vale of Embleton.
Ling Fell has no forestry and
the remains of grouse butts demonstrate its former use for country
The summit of the fell is smooth and rounded, the highest
point marked by an Ordnance Survey triangulation column.
southwards is cut off by the higher Broom Fell, although the Skiddaw and
Grasmoor fells are well seen.
The best of the panorama is
northwards to the Solway Firth and the hills of Galloway in Scotland.
The village of Wythop Mill is nearby to the north and from here the
road can be followed up the narrow wooded valley between Ling and Sale
Half a mile up, a good path breaks right onto the slopes of
Ling Fell. After taking a contouring course around the northern flanks
of the fell a direct line can be taken to the summit.
routes near Ling Fell