Fat Man’s Agony

This was the title for the ‘A’ party walk led by Lorraine Murphy.

This is a fairly challenging walk, but the effort is rewarded by what might be considered to be some of the finest Lake District views you will ever get.

The walk begins from the lovely hamlet of Elterwater, and soon climbs out through woodlands to the base of Lingmoor Fell. Here the path turns right and zigzags up the side of the fell, on a steep but well marked path. The path leads upwards to the ridge at the top, and the views of Great Langdale and the Langdale Pikes open out in all their glory. The ridge path leads across the heathered slopes which give the fell its name, before descending quite sharply towards Side Pike.

There are two options here. For those of more ample proportions, there is a path off the fell down to the road. For the rest, there is fun to be had with a squeeze through a narrow flake of rock that will have you removing the rucksack and regretting that second portion of last night’s rhubarb crumble. Hence the name “Fat Man’s Agony”. I’m saying nothing about Fat Woman’s Agony!

The path off the fell now leads to the beautiful Blea Tarn and again the views of the Langdale Pikes are really special from here reflected in the waters of the tarn. The path leads across Blea Moss where it meets up with the Wrynose Path and turns left.

The path now heads east back along the top of Little Langdale Valley, on the Cumbria way, and takes in Colwith Force, which is a great sight, in full flow after all the rain. Turning north just before Skelwith Bridge, the path then cuts back via the shores of Elterwater to the beginning of the walk and a welcome awaits in the Brittania Inn.

This is a walk on which to bring your camera and your gaiters. Hope you enjoy it. If you don’t blame Martin. who devised the walk; if you do. thank Lorraine. who will have stood in to lead it so much better in his absence.


Many thanks to Lorraine for the walk description and Gordon for the photos.

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