Another weekend set fair so a good excuse for a weekend away.
Booked again at the travelodge in Cockermouth Saturday and Sunday night we aimed to do a couple of straight forward Wainwrights on the way up, two that were new to us, even though access is easy, then a catch up day for Denise on Sunday and hopefully, depending on the weather, a little jaunt out on Monday before we set off home.
Setting off from home early Saturday am we were heading for Lingmoor Fell for starters, the weather was cool, overcast but dry.
An uneventful drive up saw us arrive at the N.T car park above Blea Tarn in good time and we were on our way to the start of the climb up Lingmoor Fell by 9:45.
Blea Tarn from the road.
A fairly steep start soon gets the legs warmed up, the advantage of this is you don't have to work for long to get some nice views, the camera soon came out, well, that's my excuse for a rest.
Langdale in the sun.
A wider view of Langdale, the Crinkles left, Bowfell, the Pikes to the right.
Cold Pike in the middle furthest away, Blake Rigg and Bleaberry Knott in the foreground.
Blake Rigg and Bleaberry Knott in the foreground. Pike o' Blisco, the Crinkles and Bow Fell.
After the initial steep bit the angle of the path eases and meets a wall, there's a stile here and the path continues over the stile and follows the wall to the summit, just shy of the summit rocks there's another stile which gives access to the rocky summit tor.
This is a lovely summit for views especially towards Langdale, from the car it takes 40 mins to get them, we met a guy from Middlesborough on the top, he was out to do the smaller Wainwrights too, like us, an excuse to get out and achieve something. We had a good natter about the mountains we'd been on, he'd started his Wainwright campaign in June and was nearing 80 so far, not bad in 5 months.
We left the summit together and parted company at the stile further down, he was heading down the path we came up, we were following the wall back towards the car park.
We were back at the car after just an hour and a half so it's a quick trip out, had a quick de-boot and snack then set off for our next target, Loughrigg fell.
We drove round to do this, well, it's on the way to Cockermouth, poor excuse I know, but......
We chose to park up in the White Moss car park, a "pay on exit" car park, it cost us £4 for our time out on the fell I think that's the minimum anyway.
In contrast Loughrigg Fell was packed with folk, it's a popular little hill, even in late autumn. We decided to go without rucksacks and put things to eat in our pockets and took a bottle of water.
The whole way to the summit is easy and on a good well made path, there's a couple of steep bits and the walk through the woods is nice.
There were many people all around, walking and enjoying some nice weather for a change, there were quite a few families, the children enjoying themselves in the fresh air.
Grasmere from the path.
The views from the top are good, I bet its a pleasant little hill to explore and spend some time on especially in the summer months.
Summit shot, looking north, trying to omit the crowds.
Around the trig pillar was busy so we found a little spot away from the top where it was quiet and sat down to eat something.
Lunch views. Lumpy.
Our descent was a slight variation of ascent trying to avoid the largest of the groups of people.
An hour and three quaters saw us up and down.
Some shots from Loughrigg Terrace. Grasmere again.
Towards Seat Sandal
The temptation was there to do Stone Arthur but there was no parking left in the big layby below it, so that'll have to be set aside for a short walk at a later date during the winter.
A good day out and two more new ones, we have a fairly long day planned for Sunday so this was the ideal leg stretcher.
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