Lake District Landscape Photography

Side Pike & Lingmoor

The heather has started to flower out on the Lake District fells so I decided to head out and try to capture some of the colour from 2 smaller fells in the Langdale Valley – Side Pike and Lingmoor.

They are a short walk from blea Tarn and they offer great views into the Langdale valley and across the Langdale Pikes, Bowfell, Crinkle Crags and many more fell tops.

Side Pike. The Lake District

On the way up to the top of Side Pike, the views across to the Langdale Pikes keep on getting better. En route tracks through the heather guided the way created little patches of colour with the paths adding a leading line into the mountains. It was tricky to get a steady shot in the strong winds but a break in the wind allowed me to get this photograph, highlighting the colours.

The views down into the Langdale valley open up even more about halfway up Side Pike with views down towards the Old Dungeon ghyll pub and the campsite in the bottom of the valley. The heather covered the ground leading down, contrasting with the green fields and dark mountains.

On the way to Lingmoor Fell I dropped down and squeezed through the fat man’s agony, this opened up the view down onto Blea Tarn and up towards Wetherlam. The sun occasionally broke through the clouds lighting up the surrounding fields.

The heather and bracken covered the ground between Side Pike and Lingmoor fell adding layers of colour contrasting with the stone wall and dark rocks

The weather couldn’t really make its mind up once I neared the top of Lingmoor. The clouds kept rolling over the tops of Bowfell as the sun occasionally broke out onto the band, Rossett Gill and the side of the Langdale Pikes. The only thing that was consistent was the strong winds.

Oj the way down I got confronted by one the iconic Herdwick sheep. It stood there smiling on the path with the Langdale Pikes filling the skyline behind. A good way to end the day.


 

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