Linghaw

Linghaw

Linghaw is a hill in the western Howgill Fells situated between its parent peak Fell Head to the east and the River Lune and M6 motorway to the west.

Height (m): 499
Height (ft): 1636
Prominence (m): 35
Classification: Four
Hill No: 3609
Grid Ref: SD637985
OS Map OL19
No. of Visits 1

Traversing the low western slopes of the fell above the River Lune is Fairmile Road, a narrow country lane between Carlingill Bridge and Fairmile Gate. This road partly follows an older Roman road that once led to the Roman fort at Low Borrowbridge.

Linghaw above Fairmile Road
Linghaw above Fairmile Road

The extent of the fell is thus bounded by Fell Head to the east, Carlin Gill to the north, the Lune Gorge to the west and Fairmile Beck to the south. In addition to those already named other watercourses connected to Linghaw are Small Gill and Haskew Gill which flow north into Carlin Gill Beck and Dry Gill which feeds directly into the Lune.

Linghaw from Uldale Head
Linghaw from Uldale Head

The summit of the fell is unmarked, not even by a paltry handful of stones. The view to the east is completely dominated by the upper slopes of Fell Head while to the north the view is also partially enclosed by Uldale Head. As with most western Howgill summits there is a good prospect, in clear weather, of the Lake District. There are also good views to be had from the upper western and southern slopes of the Lune Valley.

The grassy summit of Linghaw
The grassy summit of Linghaw

Linghaw can be approached directly by a steepish ascent direct from the parking area just north of Fairmile Gate. More interesting is to take a more roundabout approach, like I did, via Carlin Gill and Black Force before contouring around to the saddle with Fell Head.

The view of the Lune valley from Linghaw
The view of the Lune valley from Linghaw

I first visited Linghaw on 30th October 2010. At the time it was on the list of Deweys (hills over 500m with 30m prominence). Little did I know that just three days earlier a surveying team had measured the height as 498.8m, the result being the Linghaw was demoted from the list of Deweys on the Database of British Hills.

Linghaw from Blease Fell
Linghaw from Blease Fell

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