We are certainly very blessed to be situated by the beautiful north western fells of the Lake District which offer many great walking routes.
Whilst Skiddaw, Catbells and others get much of the attention, very close to us is lovely but little known Ling Fell. Its name derives from the fact that it is largely covered in heather, also known as "ling". A walk to its summit provides an excellent two hour walk up easy paths and you are rewarded with great views across the Solway to Scotland as well as Skiddaw and Bassenthwaite Lake. Even in the height of summer you won't be overrun with people on Ling Fell, whilst in the winter its broad paths and grassy slopes make it an ideal walk, even if the weather is a little damp.
To begin the walk, take the short drive to the village of Wythop or you can walk the couple of miles from The Pheasant Inn. If driving, there is a small parking area beside Brumston Bridge. Cross over the bridge and follow the corpse road to your right and shortly you will come to a gate on your left, go through the gate and follow the path as it winds its way gently up the side of the fell. Keep following the path and bear left when it splits, following the route upwards as it becomes a little steeper. Once you are near the top of the hill, go right and then right again on a path through the heather and soon you will see the OS trig point marking the top.
From the summit, you will have a lovely view over nearby Cockermouth and on a clear day out to the Solway Coast and Scottish mountains. In the other direction, you can admire adjacent Sale Fell and Skiddaw as well as Binsey in the distance. To descend, just simply retrace your steps back to the car or road to The Pheasant Inn.
All in all, we think this is a great walk on good paths and navigation is simple. It may not be as big or as well-known as others but for a short walk, Ling Fell is hard to beat.