1st January 2012

Glenridding and Grisedale


Walk Overview
Time 11.00 to 14.45
Duration 3 hr 45 min
Distance 6.6 mile
Ascent 1100 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Glenridding - Grisedale Bridge - Thornhow - Elmhow - Grisedale Beck - above Braesteads - Lanty's Tarn -Westside - Glenridding
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Glenridding

Found in the centre of Glenridding, this car park fills up very quickly indeed. Not just because of the amount of walkers heading onto the Helvellyn fells, but with people just wanting to have a walk around the village. Arriving after mid morning during the summer months would be a bit of a hit and miss situation as far as getting a space goes.

To state the obvious; there is a charge for parking here.


Route Map

Picture one from walk one of 2012 and I'm in Glenridding.

Down by Ullswater shore, but only for about 30 seconds. Our route would take us alongside the main road towards Patterdale rather than staying next to the lake for any length of time.

Heading into Grisedale.

and walking through Grisedale.

A view back along the track, taken as we decide it's time for the waterproofs.

Wet and muddy at Elmhow Farm. I say muddy, but most of it isn't actually mud. Silage goes in one end and this stuff comes out of the other.

Looking back through Grisedale.

Time to cross over onto the other side of the valley. This bridge crosses Grisedale Beck.

A little further on and there's another bridge to cross, this time over the beck running down from Ruthwaite Cove.

"You can do it Jennifer. If anyone says you're a fair weather walker just show them this picture"

Between two of the downpours I took this picture looking back. The low point on the skyline is where you'll find Grisedale Tarn. The hause itself is just out of site but still up there.

Now looking ahead to Place Fell.
It may look like Place Fell is at the end of the fields, but if you want to go there in a straight line, you'll have to swim across Ullswater first.

Despite the warmer weather and all the rain, the high fells are still holding onto some of their snow.

St Sunday Crag above Elmhow Farm.


Lanty's Tarn. I can't ever remember seeing it as full as this before.

For those who have been here in summer and seen the tarn when it is almost dried up (as it frequently is) and looking a bit messy, this is how it's supposed to look.

Just past Lanty's Tarn and looking over to Greenside, Sheffield Pike and Glenridding Dodd.

And to finish, a photo of Glenridding Dodd and Glenridding.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks