8th August 2010

Great and Little Langdale


Walk Overview
Time 9.30 to 14.00
Duration 4 hr 30 min
Distance 9.4 mile
Ascent 1100 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Elterwater - Chapel Stile - New Bridge - Great Langdale - New Dungeon Gill - Rossett Bridge - Old Dungeon Gill - Wall End - Blea Tarn - Blea Moss - Fell Foot Farm - Bridge End - Slater Bridge - Little Langdale - Dale End - 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

It was almost deserted when we set off from Elterwater this morning and it really was a place of peace and quiet. When we returned, the place was packed and a hive of activity.


Baysbrown campsite. Perhaps if the sun was shining I'd be up for this, but in this weather, , , I'm afraid this just isn't for me.

Walking through Great Langdale with the Langdale Pikes well under cloud.


"doesn't it hurt sitting with your leg sticking straight out like that, or have you been doing advanced Yoga?"

There are two tracks through this middle section of Great Langdale, a narrower one on the southern side of the beck and this broader track through the north side of the valley. I could be way off the mark here, but it looks to me as though this could have been the main road through here at one time.

Rossett Bridge or rather bridge(s). I assume the narrower one on the right was the old bridge which obviously wasn't wide enough for modern traffic.

A close up of the clouds on Crinkle Crags.

From the front, Wall End farm looks quite the idyllic spot. A typical whitewashed Lakeland farmhouse backed by steep fellsides. And then, , ,

you catch site of the field behind and it looks an absolute disgrace. I can't believe they don't get told to tidy the place up a bit.

A view down to the head of Great Langdale where it branches off to Oxendale (left) and Mickleden (right), with The Band separating the two.

Side Pike, seen from the track to Blea Tarn.

Blea Tarn's outflow and decision time. We could have taken the track you see here, headed up to the road and then down to Fell Foot, but we took the path around the edge of Blea Moss instead.

Deep in thought, admiring the view or wondering why I'd taken such a wet and muddy route when there's a perfectly good road we could have walked down. I didn't ask; just in case it was the latter of the three.

Fell Foot Farm, found at the bottom of Wrynose Pass.

And a couple of minutes walk down the road is Fell Foot Bridge.


The back of Bridge End,

and the front.

Looking back towards the Fell Foot end of Little Langdale.

Little Langdale Tarn.

On route to Slater Bridge we passed by High Hallgarth, , ,

, , , and Low Hallgarth.

Crossing Slater Bridge; possibly the most interesting and best looking little bridge in the Lake District.

And from the bridge itself.

A long distance view through Little Langdale.


It took a while, but the sun eventually came out. Sadly it was on the final section of the route as we walked down to Elterwater.

The Britannia Inn Elterwater.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks