20th February 2011

A grey walk from Elterwater


Walk Overview
Time 10.10 to 12.00
Duration 1 hr 50 min
Distance 4.4 mile
Ascent 400 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Walthwaite Bottom - Elterwater - Eltemere - Skelwith force - Skelwith Bridge - Loughrigg Tarn - High close - Walthwaite Bottom
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

Just as I was beginning to think winter was over this lot turns up. Disappointingly though, the cloud was exceptionally low today, and of the kind that makes me think that a trip onto the higher fells isn't the best idea. Instead, we just had a short lower level walk from Elterwater. After the walk we called in to Hayes Garden World to have a look in the new (big) section which has been advertised on TV all week.


A grey winters morning in Elterwater, quite a difference from the busier times of year when the place is a real hive of activity.

Elterwater Bridge.

A view back to Elterwater shows the poor visibility of the day.

It was full steam ahead for this lot so it looks like the guy eating his sandwiches on the seat next to Elterwater should have sat somewhere else.



Passing by Woodburn Bridge with it's sleek lines and modern look, , , , although a bit of soap and water wouldn't go amiss on the railings.

A not so good picture of Skelwith Force.

If you look upstream from the waterfalls you can see Woodburn Bridge.

I'll bet they didn't expect to find that when they split this stone.

The bridge at Skelwith Bridge.

The top of Tarn Foot farm seen in front of the top of Loughrigg.

Following the track that runs above Loughrigg Tarn.

Loughrigg Tarn.
They're out of site today so you'll need to use your imagination to see the Langdale Pikes.

The How.

Dow Bank seen from the road between High Close and Elterwater.

This more or less sums up the long distance views today. Never mind, it's just the way it turns out sometimes, so better luck next time.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks