27th September 2009

Little Langdale and Great Langdale


Walk Overview
Time 09.15 to 14.15
Duration 5 hr
Distance 9.3 mile
Ascent 900 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Elterwater - Elterwater Hall - Little Langdale - Slater Bridge - Fell Foot Bridge - Blea Moss - Blea Tarn - Old Dungeon Gill Hotel - Great Langdale - Chapel Stile - Elterwater
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Walthwaite Bottom, Elterwater

Elterwater is such a popular village with visitors to the Lake District that the car park in the centre of the village and also the roadside around its edges soon become clogged up with cars. This car park appears to act as an overspill, although I suspect this one fills up just as quickly as the others.

Parking is free.


Route Map

The centre of Elterwater village, showing clear signs that Autumn is slowly taking over the landscape.

Following the track between Enterwater and Little Langdale.

Little Langdale.


Slater Bridge. Arguably the most charming of all the Lake District bridges.

And looking across the bridge.

Approaching Low Hall Garth.


Looking back. I know you can't see the whole of our route, but we'd walked past the building in the foreground, along the path in the centre of the photo, and past the building on the left of the picture (the small white dot).

Little Langdale Tarn.

The unmistakable skyline of the Langdale Pikes, appearing to be much closer than they really are.

And again, from the track next to Bridge End.

They may have shattered the peace and quiet, but it was still nice to see the dozens ( and dozens ) of classic bikes that passed us along here.

Blea Moss.


Blea Tarn.

As it turned out, the rain you can see moving through Mickleden didn't amount to much. Although at this point I was expecting us to be in for a soaking all the way back to Elterwater.

Wall End Farm.

Once we started to leave the head of the valley the rain was left behind and we enjoyed a dry walk back to the car.


Looking ahead through Great Langdale.


"well what did you think I was going to say"

Great Langdale.

Looking across some lovely countryside to the north east side of Lingmoor Fell.

A final view back through Great Langdale.

Last time I was walking through Keswick, , , or was it Grasmere, , , anyway, wherever it was, I passed a shop selling those laminated pictures. One of which must have been taken from this very spot, but something wasn't quite right; well two things actually. One was the building I recognised from near Ambleside, which had somehow found its way next to the big tree seen here. The other thing was the lake. I've no idea what the lake was but it managed to fill most of the valley you can see in this picture.

Obviously someone thought this view wasn't good enough so they saw the need to have some embellishments of their own.

Back in Elterwater.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks