17th February 2008

A frosty day at Elterwater


Walk Overview
Time 10.30 to 13.15
Duration 2hr 15 min
Distance 4.8 mile
Ascent 850 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Elterwater - Eltermere - Skelwith Bridge - Loughrigg Tarn - Oaks - High Close - Elterwater
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Elterwater

Elterwater is a lovely little village which attracts hords of people throughout the whole year, so if you don't get here a decent time, the chances are that you'll find this car park full.


Route Map

Elterwater Village store.
I'm sure they did a roaring trade in the shop today, I don't think I've ever seen as many people about at this time of year. Car problems saw us setting off from home a little later than we'd intended, so by the time we arrived, I had my doubts that we'd be able to get parked. There were cars everywhere, but I just managed to claim the last "tight" space.

Sunshine showing the village at its best.

It's a bit of a shame, but Eltermere is a difficult lake to view at close quarters. I suppose you could always traipse across fields on the opposite side if you really wanted to go to the extreme, but this is actually about as good as it gets.

And from the same place, looking a little further to the left to catch a view of the distant Langdale Pikes.

It was a lovely walk along side the River Brathay this morning. The sun was warm, almost all the people who were walking just outside Elterwater had turned back and there was no need to rush at all.





Looking back along the path just outside Skelwith Bridge.

Waiting patiently for a gap in the traffic and then, , , click, , , that'll do nicely.

Loughrigg Fell seen from the track around to the tarn. Where on earth are all the people though, even if every car we saw parked up only had one person in it, I thought we'd have seen more than we did.

, , having said that, there's a big group of people leaving Loughrigg Tarn, so that could account for a few of the cars at least.

A peaceful place for a bite to eat.

Time to carry on walking I suppose.

The view back to Loughrigg Tarn and the Ivy Crag end of Loughrigg Fell.


We called back in at Elterwater for an ice cream on the way back to the car (in February?) and were greeted by something you'd normally expect to find in the middle of summer. We heard the sound of music, heavy feet on the road and bells ringing, then we saw this group who looked as pleased to be out and about in the sunshine as we were.

On the way home we called in at Ambleside for a look around the shops or rather a stand out side the shops in my case.



David Hall -
Lake District Walks