Lingmell is a fell in the English Lake District,
standing above the village of Wasdale Head and is an outlier on the
north-west flank of Scafell Pike, England's highest mountain.
Although standing in the shadow of its taller parent, Lingmell is
very much a separate entity.
In the manner of many fells it
displays two contrasting aspects. The southern and western slopes,
although steep, are smooth and rounded, while the northern and eastern
faces fall as crags directly from the summit.
The northern crag
drops for a thousand feet toward the valley floor, with a further
thousand feet of scree below.
The connection to Scafell
Pike is via Lingmell Col, a grassy depression at 2,410 ft.
Flowing west from the col is Lingmell Gill, descending through Hollow
Stones to Brackenclose at the head of Wast Water.
To the east of
Lingmell Col runs Piers Gill, a stream descending from high on the
Scafells. This flows right around the northern perimeter of Lingmell,
finally entering Wast Water as Lingmell Beck, only a short distance from
the entry point of Lingmell Gill.
These two streams which girdle
the fell both run through wide boulder strewn courses, evidence of flash
flooding and the endless fall of rocks from the upper slopes.
Lingmell sends out a long shoulder westward between the two streams. The
southern face of this, riven with scree on its slow tumbling journey
into Lingmell Gill is named Lingmell Scars. At the top of the shoulder
are the many outcrops of Goat Crags.
Piers Gill runs below the
eastern crags of Lingmell in a deep ravine, one of the finest in the
District. Averaging about 30 ft, but much deeper in places, it pursues
an L-shaped course down the fellside before emerging from its cutting to
merge with Greta Gill.
The scenery of Piers Gill and Lingmell
from the Corridor Route ascent of Scafell Pike is remarkable and a faint
path follows the eastern bank of the gill giving even more intimate
The ravine appears to offer access at either end, but
ordinary walkers should on no account attempt to follow it. Crossings of
the ravine should also be considered impossible for the average hiker.
The summit of Lingmell is directly above the crags on the eastern
side, a fine cairn having been constructed to replace the thin column
described by Wainwright in the 1960s.
This is one of the finest
vantage points for Great Gable, a little over a mile to the north.
Particularly impressive is the view of the Great Napes, one of the
nurseries of the sport of rock climbing.
From the summit of Goat
Crags to the south is an equally astounding view of Scafell Crag,
another early climbers' playground on Scafell.
Lingmell is often
bypassed by walkers aiming for Scafell Pike and Scafell, but it's a
rewarding ascent in its own right, or as part of a circuit of the
There are two ascent routes from Wasdale Head, via
Brown Tongue or Piers Gill, but the latter route provides better walking
and impressive views of the Piers Gill ravine and Great Gable.
The ascent from Borrowdale and Styhead Tarn is made by the Corridor
routes near Lingmell