Ling Fell is one of two at the northern tip of Wainwright's North Western Fells. The other is Sale Fell. Marginally higher than its near neighbour the best views are still to the north west overlooking Cockermouth, and on a clear day to the Galloway hills in Scotland. Being the higher of the two, the Ordnance Survey thought it important enough to decorate the summit with a trig point.
Ling Fell's slopes are predominantly grass making way for heather as height is gained.
Part of the route uses a 'corpse road', these old tracks and paths were used to take the deceased to the nearest church with a cemetery.
Parking at the bottom of the fell, above Eskin, there are a couple of narrow muddy pull-ins. Alternatively there is a small parking area beside Brumston Bridge.
Whilst we give you separate walks to Ling Fell and its near neighbour Sale Fell the two could be walked in one hit, so to speak. The small parking area at Brumston Bridge, centrally, being the key.
If you need accommodation we have details of 20 properties offering rooms near the start of this walk. Here are some examples:
Walk height profile
note that gradients are usually grossly exaggerated
Go through the gate at the bottom of the Corpse Road, interestingly there are no waymarking signs here. Follow the track as it traverses the fellside climbing gently. Keep left, and then bear left when the track splits just in front of a lone boulder. Follow the track as it climbs much more steeply and swings left to climb a shallow ravine. Nearing the crest, bear right and then right again on a worn but faint path through the grass and heather. The trig point soon comes into view.
From the summit trig point bear south east to the cairn just 30m (33 yards) away. Follow this path as it becomes gradually narrows, meanders, and swings left to the north east. Cross one track, and drop down to the track beside the fence. Turn left to return to the gate at the bottom of the fell.
If you like this walk then why not try one of our other nearby walks:
|Sale Fell||1.4km (0.9 miles) away|
|Graystones, Broom Fell, and Lord's Seat||3.3km (2.0 miles) away|
|A short walk to Spout Force||3.4km (2.1 miles) away|
|Barf, Lord's Seat, Ullister Hill and Seat How||4.6km (2.8 miles) away|
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