1 Wainwright completed - 62 in total
Lingmoor Fell - 469 metres
Side Pike - 362 metres - non Wainwright
This walk was a tale of two halves, bright sunshine up till midday and heavy rain after, and did they need it in Langdale after a prolonged dry spell.
This is a relatively short walk of 7 miles but as with a lot of the smaller fells it packs a lot in.
It started with a nice terrace path overlooking Langdale then into ancient woodland, it was nearly 3 miles before my boots hit the fellside but the steep climb through the disused slate quarrys meant the summit ridge was soon reached. However Lingmoor's ridge is quite undulating and 1.5 miles long, but the real fun doesn't start until after the summit is reached. The mile from Lingmoor to Side Pike is most enjoyable with steep ups and downs including some small sections of scrambling, all this in the pouring rain which had started just after my lunch stop at Lingmoor summit. I actually enjoyed getting a soaking as the temperature dropped a few degrees.
The final approach to Side Pike includes Fat Man's Agony this is a tight squeeze between the cliff face and a single pillar of rock, I went through ok, my rucksack had to be held above my head where the clearance was better. After that a series of steep climbs to the summit made for a most enjoyable day. With the sound of thunder close by it was time to get off the top for the 1.5 mile walk back to base.
A lovely walk.
Fat Man's Agony on Side Pike.