Lingmoor Fell is a fell in the Lake District situated
eight kilometres west of Ambleside. The fell reaches a modest height of
469 m (1,540 ft) and divides the valleys of Great Langdale and Little
The fell's name originates from the Old Norse word lyng
meaning “heather covered”. The actual summit of the fell is named as
Brown How on Ordnance Survey maps.
Although it is surrounded by
higher and better known fells, Lingmoor Fell is quite separate and
distinct with no connecting ridges to other fells giving it a
considerable topographic prominence of 245 metres (for such a small
fell) making it a Marilyn hill.
Lingmoor Fell has a subsidiary
top known as Side Pike (362 m, 1,187 ft) which lies 1.5 kilometres to
the north west. It is a fine rock tower that is only accessible from the
west and south.
Walkers wishing to visit Side Pike from Lingmoor
Fell are blocked by unassailable crags and must traverse round to easier
slopes to the south.
The fell's northern and eastern flanks are
clothed in deciduous woodland up to the 200 metre contour and there are
also patches of heather and bracken on these lower slopes.
Lingmoor Tarn, an attractive mountain lake (about 200 metres in length)
with a couple of small islands, lies 600 metres north of the summit.
One kilometre north of the summit of the fell stands another
topographic feature, this is the detached rock pinnacle of Oak Howe
Needle. The needle is part of Oak Howe Crag a popular climbing location
on the fell with over ten routes on Rhyolite crags.
The summit of
the fell has a high dry stone wall crossing it. The wall traverses the
entire spine of the fell starting at the eastern foot and terminating
abruptly at the crags below Side Pike in the west before re-commencing
on the plateau.
The view from the summit of Lingmoor Fell is
highly regarded. There is a classic view of the Langdale Pikes and all
of the high fells around the head of Great Langdale can be well
appraised. The Coniston Fells to the south west are also well seen.
Lingmoor Fell can be climbed either from Elterwater in Great
Langdale or from the Blea Tarn car park in Little Langdale (grid
reference NY296043). The latter route makes use of an old quarry track
for much of the way.
The Elterwater route can be slightly
confusing in its early stages as there are a jumble of paths through the
lower woodland and quarries but the route becomes clear once the open
fell has been reached.
routes near Lingmoor Fell