18th April 2010

Making it up as we go along from Grasmere


Walk Overview
Time 09.15 to 14.20
Duration 5 hr 5 min
Distance 9.8 mile
Ascent 980 ft
Walking with Jennifer
A591 - Grasmere - Hunting Stile - Walthwaite - Chapel Stile - Elterwater - Elter Water - Skelwith Bridge - Loughrigg Tarn - Loughrigg Terrace - Grasmere (lake) - A591 - Grasmere - A591
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside parking, A591 outside Grasmere

I've described this spot as roadside parking, but it is actually a rather long lay-by found between Grasmere and the bottom of Dunmail Raise. It is quite a popular spot, so latecomers may arrive to find it full. If this turned out to be the case the best alternative would be to try one of the car parks in Grasmere itself. It all depends on where you're going of course, but the distance this would add onto your walk is not much at all.


Route Map

I know it was still quite early, but Grasmere was almost deserted when we set off this morning. When we got back later it was a different story; the place was packed to overflowing.

Silver How was mentioned along with a few other places in this area as an option for today's walk. In the end however, we didn't go to any of the places we'd talked about, we just set off walking and ended up where ever the moment took us.

Grasmere, in front of Stone Arthur and the Heron Pike ridge.

Looking back down the lane behind Hunting Stile.

Taken about midway along the path running over from Grasmere to Elterwater, this was just about the highest point we reached on today's walk.

"Which way do you want to go now"
"I'm not bothered, you go first and we'll see where we end up"
We eventually ended up next to the trees on the right, which was handy for us to take the back road to Chapel Stile.

Approaching Chapel Stile.
It's been years since I've walked along this road, which just proves that having no plan can be the best plan of all.


Cottages in Chapel Stile, found below the church.

I sat outside while Jennifer went in for an interview. She must have passed with flying colours because she came out with a plastic bag full of goodies.

Now all we need is a nice flat stone to sit on so we could eat some of the items in Jennifer's plastic bag.

And before you can say, , well, a bit more than Jack Robinson if I'm honest, you're in Elterwater, which despite this picture was quite busy.

It may be a little dark, but the unmistakable skyline shows that you're looking at the Langdales.

Reflection in the River Brathay.


More reflections.

Woodburn Bridge. Span 20 meters, Weight 16 tons, Installed November 2006, , , or so the sign on the other side of the bridge said.

It was a good day for reflections. These ones were taken at Loughrigg Tarn.

The How, found above Loughrigg Tarn.

"If you stand still while I take a couple of photos you can have as many crisps as you want".

"Thanks for that, now you can fly off and eat them"

Heading down to Loughrigg Terrace. And once you get there, , ,

, , , you have an uninterrupted view down to Grasmere and the fells beyond.

When we reached the end of the terrace, we walked down to the bridge next to Grasmere.

Silver How, taken from the A591 side of Grasmere.

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