25th November 2006

Grasmere to Loughrigg Fell via Elterwater and Skelwith Bridge


Walk Overview
Time 09.15 to 12.35
Duration 3 hr 20 min
Distance 7.1 mile
Ascent 1680 ft
Walking with On my own
Grasmere - Hunting Stile - Elterwater - Eltermere - Skelwith Bridge - Loughrigg Tarn - Loughrigg Fell - Grasmere
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Parking spaces opposite Grasmere Church

This is one for the early bird or for the very lucky I'm afraid. Opposite the church there about half a dozen parking spaces all of which fill up very quickly, and as fast as one becomes empty during the day someone else is ready to take advantage.

On the plus side, the homesty box belonging to the church asks far less for a days parking than the national trust or the council.


Route Map

I'm not sure if I should be pleased about the weather today or not. The forecast was for strong wind and rain, so I set off from Grasmere to do a lower level walk I've which wanted to do for quite some time. As it turned out there was almost no wind, the rain never turned up and I even managed to get some sunshine. If I'd known this I would probably have went onto some of the higher fells, but then again I'd have missed this walk.

Grasmere with Seat Sandal, Stone Arthur and part of the Fairfield Ridge.

Looking in the same direction, this time from the path I followed between Hunting Stile and the road above Elterwater.

Looking back to Grasmere, Helm Crag and Dunmail Raise.

Elterwater seen over Walthwaite Bottom.

This little bridge at Walthwaite Bottom was so small I almost walked past it without noticing it was there.

Houses on the outskirts of Elterwater.

And some more in the centre of the village.

A last look back to Elterwater with Harrison Stickle and Pavey Ark behind. This section of path, which runs from Elterwater to Skelwith Bridge, was the main aim of todays walk. It was a section of path that I'd never been on before, so as it turned out I was pleased the weather forecasters got it so wrong.


And again.

A broad section of the River Brathay, found a little way down stream from Eltermere. There was an awful lot of flood debris around as I was walking along here; hardly surprising considering the amount of rain we'd had recently.

Clearing sky's and sunshine starting to appear on the lane leading to Loughrigg Tarn.

Loughrigg Tarn and the Langdale Pikes.

A close up of the Langdale Pikes, taken from the same place of the previous picture.

The view into Great Langdale from the path up to Loughrigg Tarn.

I had some lovely blue sky and sunshine while I was on Loughrigg Fell, but there was some dark looking clouds over the Central and Eastern Fells.

One of the flooded areas I passed on my descent from Loughrigg Fell. The highest point on the skyline is Red Screes.

Possibly the best view you can get of Grasmere.

Looking over the wall next to the road, on route back to Grasmere.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks