9th September 2006

The long deserted Langstrath Valley and the long undulating Glaramara ridge.


Walk Overview
Time 08.10 to 14.40
Duration 6 hr 30 min
Distance 11.5 mile
Ascent 3632 ft
Walking with On my own
Stonethwaite - Langstrath - Angle Tarn - Esk Hause - Allen Crags - Glaramara - Great Hollow - Tarn at Leaves - Bessyboot - Combe Gill - Stonethwaite
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Parking spaces, Stonethwaite

Despite there only being spaces for about 5 cars next to the phone box this is somewhere I've only failed to get to get parked on one occasion. Found in the middle of Stonethwaite, this about as good as it gets for sheer variety of walks.

There is also a small parking area just before the main village. It is more of a lay-by than anything else but there is room for about a dozen cars.

Parking is free and for those wishing to eat or drink after a walk the hotel / pub is less than a minutes walk further into the village.


Route Map

Looking back to the start of Langstrath Valley.

And looking ahead into the valley.
Langstrath is a long valley that really gives you the feeling of remoteness, especially if you walk all the way to the head of the valley. Not surprisingly I never saw anyone else from the start of the walk until I reached Angle Tarn, almost two and a half hours after I set out.

Land of the giants !

Another picture looking ahead through Langstrath.

Angle Tarn and Rossett Pike (left).
The route I took approaches the tarn from the left side of the photo, on this side of the tarns outflow.

Esk Hause and its stone cross shaped shelter.

A close up of Sprinkling Tarn, taken from just below Allen Crags.

Lincomb Tarn / s.

Looking across to Great Gable and Green Gable.


After leaving the summit I took an off path route down to the Langstrath side of the ridge, before making my way towards Tarn at Leaves and Bessyboot. Not a good route to take in low cloud, as the long undulating ridge has dozens of rocky sections which would be very confusing during poor visibility.

The Blackmoss Pot section of Langstrath valley seen from the ridge between Glaramara and Bessyboot.

A rather hazy view towards Borrowdale.

Tarn at Leaves.

And looking a little further round towards Bessyboot.

Bessyboot summit. The pointed fell on the left is Fleetwith Pike ( Honister Crag) and the highest point on the skyline is Dale Head.

A close up of Seatoller taken from the route back down to Borrowdale.

Another view into Borrowdale.

Walking in hot sunshine now next to Combe Gill.


High Scawdel and the Seatoller end of Borrowdale.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks