During this rainy May it’s been pleasant to recall the drier days of April.
We walked up Lingmoor Fell, from Elterwater on a very hot day, with good clear views despite a heat haze.
Up the track through Sawrey’s Wood on the gently rising path that leads up to the summit ridge.
This is a landscape of quarries, one still active in the valley, but the ones on Lingmoor itself are now deserted, healed by nature and fascinating to explore, with the ruined walls of the attendant buildings.
Lingmoor is a modest height and an easy climb, but it does offer some wonderful views. The Langdales in particular, and this was the first time we had seen them this year without snow.
The long walk along the ridge brings the fellwalker to the rocky summit along a very wide path with yet more delightful vistas, particularly towards Wetherlam, one of my favourite mountains, though I haven’t been to the top for nineteen years – it seems incredible how fast those years have passed!
We returned the same way in blistering heat, to seek refreshment in the nice new cafe in Elterwater.
Sometimes I wonder if this rain is every going to stop for more than a day at a time? Or was April our summer this year?