Saturday, 1 July 2000

Ling Fell

Ling Fell seen from the south
Height: 373m (1,224ft)
Prominence: 97m (318ft)
Region: North Western Fells
Classifications: Wainwright, Birkett
Summit feature: Trig pillar
Times climbed: 1
Related trip report:
Ling Fell & Sale Fell - 27/01/2015
A trig pillar tops the fell
What Wainwright said:

"Ling Fell is an isolated rounded hill on the north-west perimeter of Lakeland, its unattractive appearance on all sides being accentuated by a dark covering of heather that makes it look gloomy and sulky even on the sunniest of days. Its lack of visual appeal, however, is somewhat misleading and belies its nature".

Ling Fell's name derives from the fact that it is largely covered in heather, also known as "ling". Ling Fell and its near twin companion to the east, Sale Fell, are the final hills with any Lakeland character in the northwest of the district.

Ling Fell and Sale Fell, despite standing side by side, have no topographical connection. Ling Fell's 'parent' is Broom Fell, while Sale Fell is an outlier of Lord's Seat.

The summit of the fell is smooth and rounded, the highest point marked by an Ordnance Survey triangulation column. The view southwards is cut off by the higher Broom Fell, although the Skiddaw and Grasmoor fells are well seen. The best of the panorama is northwards to the Solway Firth and the hills of Galloway in Scotland.

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