15th July 2006

A long walk from Elterwater through some lovely countyside and three smaller fells


Walk Overview
Time 08.00 to 16.00
Duration 8 hr
Distance 15.2 mile
Ascent 4203 ft
Walking with On my own
Elterwater - Colwith - Black Crag - Tarn Hows - Yew Tree Farm - Holme Fell - Hodge Close - Little Langdale - Blea Tarn - Lingmoor Fell - 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

Early morning in Elterwater.
Even better weather today, so I thought I'd do a walk which I've had planned for a while and deliberately kept for these conditions. I knew it would be a difficult day with the heat, but the route includes quite a lot of lower level walking, so I really wanted to see the countryside at its best.

Lingmoor Fell seen from the fields between the A593 and Low Arnside.

Low Arnside.

Lingmoor Fell in the middle of the picture in front of the Langdale Pikes and with Crinkle Crags, Bow Fell and Rossett Pike on the left.
I wanted to find a different route to Black Crag summit from the ones I'd used in the past and as I was walking past Low Arnside I spotted this gateway. So I left the main track and headed across the fields in the direction of the summit. It turned out to be one of those routes where you know exactly where the top is, but you just can't see it, so I was continually correcting the direction I was walking in.

Black Crag summit with Coniston Old Man and Wetherlam behind.

Iron Keld Plantation.

Reflections in Tarn Hows.

Another view of Tarn Hows. It was so peaceful here today that I ended up walking the long way round rather than cutting across the Tom Heights side of the tarn.

Back down at valley level now at Yew Tree Farm. I was almost 11 o'clock and the heat of the day was really starting to build up now. I also realised just how much further I had to walk and was starting to think that perhaps I'd bitten off more then I could chew.

Holme Fell summit in front of Wetherlam.

Looking down from the route off Holme Fell.

One of the cottages at Hodge Close.

Stang End and Lingmoor Fell.

Little Langdale Tarn.

Slater Bridge.
There were more people at this one spot than on the rest of the walk put together. The people seen in the picture aren't the only ones that were here, the larger group were on the other side of the wall. They must have been part of the same group, I would find it hard to believe that so many people would end up here at the same time by coincidence.

The Langdale Pikes; possibly the most recognisable skyline in the Lake District.

Fell Foot farm.

Another view of the Langdales, this time with Side Pike in the foreground (right).

Blea Tarn from the route up Lingmoor Fell.
It was mid afternoon now and very hot indeed. There wasn't a breath of wind and the walk up Lingmoor Fell was done at a snails pace.

Lingmoor Fell summit at last with a clear view to Pike O'Stickle, Loft Crag, Harrison Stickle, Paver Ark, Thunacar Knott and Sergeant Man (just). Well worth the struggle!

Windermere in the distance seen from the route down from Lingmoor Fell.
The fell in front and to the right of the lake is Black Crag; it feels like a long time since I was there earlier in the day.

The slate quarry just outside Elterwater.

And finally, a picture of Elterwater, looking in the opposite direction than the first photo.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks