Sunday, 27th February 2011

   

            

 

Walk: Side Pike, Lingmoor Fell and Slater Bridge and Skelwith Bridge
Start Point: Elterwater Grid Reference: SD 330 051
Distance: 11 miles Ascent: 2,200 feet
Time: 6 hours    
Weather: The weather improved from heavy rain prior to the start of the walk, to broken cloud and sunshine but with cool winds on the tops.
Comments: From Elterwater our first port of call was Chapel-le-Style before venturing further into the Langdale valley. Using the Cumbria Way we then made our way up to the top of Side Pike which then lead us onto Lingmoor Fell having first squeezed through the rock gap. After lunch on Lingmoor Fell and an easy walk off the Fell, we headed for Slater Bridge and an easy walk through woodland and meadow for Skelwith Bridge. A stroll along the Cumbria Way then took us back to Elterwater. Nine people braved what could have been a damp day, the nine being made of 5 from the twos group and 4 from the fours group. A good day was had by all, made the better by the weather improving as the day progressed.

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A damp start to the day . . .

 

following heavy rain earlier in the day

 

Even the 'twos' have to climb stiles

 

Elevenses with blue skies and sunshine

 

Snow-capped Crinkle Crags and Bow Fell basking in partial sunshine

 

Almost at the top of Side Pike

 

Side Pike summit

 

Mandy squeezes through the gap while Ray looks on

 

Lingmoor Fell with Betsy, Tony, Mandy and Ray, with Pavey Ark etc as a backdrop

 

Lunch stop with Windermere in the distance

 

Looking east from Lingmoor Fell over Elterwater

 

Slater Bridge

 

Group photo of Tony, June, Jenny, Marie, Betsy, Sheila, Mandy and Ray

 

A flat last mile . . .

 

to end the walk

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