Walk                           :  Lingmell (2,649ft), via Brown Tongue and Hollow Stones from Wasdale Head

Date                           :  5th September 2015

Weather                    :  Fine and Sunny @ 17°C


Distance                   : 5 miles round trip

Time Taken              : 2 hours to summit   


Which part of Lakeland is this walk situated


Terrain Overview






At over 2,600 feet Lingmell is no tiddler but finds itself surrounded by some of the Lakeland giants, notably Scafell Pike, Scafell, Kirk Fell and Great Gable

The route I took from the NT Car Park at Brackenclose follows the natural feature of Lingmell Gill as its cuts through Brown Tongue. The track all the way up to

Hollow Stones is impossible to get lost on, and from there it’s a case of turning left, away from all the crowds on their way up to the Pike and following a good track

all the way to the summit



The classic view on the way to the NT Car Park




There are plenty of parking spaces at Brackenclose and at the time of writing this it was £6 for the whole day. This is the start point for the walk



Leave the car park at the Eastern end and head for the bridge



Follow the path round as it swings left to lead out to an open field



Cross the field to a hand gate that gives access to the start of Brown Tongue



Through the gate and looking back towards Wast Water



The start of the track that runs parallel with Lingmell Gill – Ste leads the way



Keep on the track until you get to the natural crossing point of the Gill. In bad weather this could be a tad tricky – but not today. After the crossing just

follow the yellow brick road



On the track properly now on the way up to Hollow Stones



Hollow Stones lies just beneath Scafell and Black Crags shown here



The start of Hollow Stones. Whilst it can be a bit of a boulder highway the journey through it is well cairned and leads unerringly to Lingmell Col



Higher up and the loose scree slope in the centre of the shot leads to the foot of Lords Rake an exhilarating but safe way up to Scafell



Looking towards Wast Water, The Irish Sea and the Isle of Man



Keep on the track as far as Lingmell Col at which point you will leave the throngs heading right to the Pike and turn left across an open field and head

towards a broken wall, from which the path up to Lingmell can be clearly seen



Sue half way up the path. Broad Crag in the background



Looking over to path to the summit of Scafell Pike and all the little “ants” making their way up



Pretty soon the summit of Lingmell comes into view



Looking across to the summit of the Pike – busy as ever



The final few steps to the summit cairn



Looking round to Scafell



We break out for lunch on the summit, and Sue has found a very comfortable chair. Click here for a 360 degree view from the summit








Looking north and the towering south face of Great Gable



The Mosedale Horseshoe



Lad and Dad in front of Scafell Pike



I ventured round to the north face of the summit and below is the dramatic sight that is Piers Gill



Cold Sue ???



Ste on the summit cairn



Looking down to Sty head Tarn and Blencathra in the far distance



With great reluctance we head back down to the car park just before twilight descends to be greeted by the pink sky sunset


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