Blea Rigg from Langdale

  • A broad ridge of hidden delights
  • Views over the Langdales and Coniston Fells
  • Quiet walking surrounded by more popular fells

1776′. For once chuck away the map and simply enjoy wandering around this excellent high ground that lies between Easedale Tarn and the Langdale Valley without a map (or GPS). I headed for what I assumed was the summit of Blea Rigg and ended up on Sergeant Man simply because I was enjoying the walking so much. The reality is that Blea Rigg is just one of a number of similar mini peaks on the ridge, all with their own mini cairn. In more cloudy conditions than I had (warm sunshine ha ha) I would certainly recommend a compass but this is a walk where choosing your own route is the best plan either taking to the many the rocky knolls and/or sticking to the lower more marshy ground – whichever you choose you cannot fail to be impressed.

Blea Rigg is part of a longer circuit around Easedale Tarn, a bit of an epic but highly enjoyable. The walk is at least 10.5 miles long and undulates throughout but unlike many of the Classic Circuits in the Lake District does not include any Lakeland giants. Many smaller fells such as the Lion and the Lamb are included but none of great height, the description of this walk is here.

Recommend: Leave the clouds behind and choose a clear day – may be true on most walks but very important on this. Navigation on here is a true test for even the experts

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Blea Rigg from Langdale

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL7 The English Lakes South East Buy Map
Start Point: NY 318054. I started at Chapel Stile as the path goes up from there but there is more parking at Skelwith Bridge 1/2 a mile further east and then walk in to Chapel Stile
Height to Climb: 483 ms (1,584 feet)
Terrain: The paths on the broad ridge are little more than sheep tracks - follow them but do not expect them to lead anywhere. It is a walk to follow your nose...
Eating & Drinking: The Wainwright Inn in Chapel Stile is part of the reason why Chapel Stile is a good start point, particularly in the sun and there is also a tea shop in the small village
Similar Walks Nearby: Ridges over Grasmere
Lingmoor Fell in Langdale
Pike O’Stickle via Mickleden
Places to Stay: Rooms at the Apple Pie, AmblesideSmallwood Hotel, Ambleside