25th September 2011

Little and Great Langdale


Walk Overview
Time 09.25 to 14.15
Duration 4 hr 50 min
Distance 9.2 mile
Ascent 1200 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Elterwater - Elterwater Hall - Dale End - Slater Bridge - Low Hall Garth - Fell Foot Bridge - Side Gates - Blea Tarn - Old Dungeon Ghyll - Great Langdale - Chapel Stile - 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

As usual, Elterwater village was just about deserted when we set off. When we got back later it was packed; again, this is usual. I know this is a lovely spot, and obviously the pub attracts lots of people, but I can't understand why this village is so much busier than many others that are equally as attractive.
I wonder if the traffic warden here is on performance related pay. When we got back he was busy slapping parking tickets on a long line of illegally parked cars.

Should 4x4 vehicles be allowed to use these tracks as a form of recreation? I don't know to be honest. There's no escape from the fact that they damage and tear up the ground, but then again, send enough of us walkers across here and you'd have the same result. At least they're slower and more considerate than scrambler bikes and mountain bikes who seem to adopt the "he who travels fastest has the right of way" approach.

Whatever our thoughts; technically they are allowed to drive over here. Although I should point out they are breaking at least one rule from the "Green Road Code". The maximum group size should be 4. And if you feel really strongly about this, they're also asked not to travel after wet weather. Well, it rained yesterday, it rained last night and it rained again this morning so based on that evidence, the answer to my original question is no.


Dale End farm.

Little Langdale Tarn, seen from the path across the fields leading to Slater Bridge.

Crossing Slater Bridge.

Slater Bridge in front of Lingmoor Fell.

First of all we passed Low Hall Garth,

and then we passed High Hall Garth.

Looking across to the distinctive shape of the Langdale Pikes.

Heading down to Bridge End, , , (the farm).

Bridge End farm.

Before we made our way to Blea Tarn, I took this picture looking across to Fell Foot (farm) and the craggy side of Blake Rigg.

I took this picture just after turning off the road through Little Langdale.


What a difference a little sunshine makes. The autumness (that's a new word) of the bracken, the green of the trees and the dark background made for a lovely walk along here today.

Dark and brooding Langdale Pikes behind Blea Tarn.

Blea Tarn's outflow.
The pointed fell is Side Pike.

Mickleden and Oxendale taken from the path leading down to the Old Dungeon Ghyll.
Having used this path and the road as a route on several occasions each, I have to say the road is definitely my preferred option

Heading down to Great Langdale with the bulk of 'The Langdales' ahead of us. As we got closer we couldn't help but notice that the crags were dotted with climbers. Evidently this was a good day for those with a liking for bare rock.

Middle Fell Farm.

From the old to the new hotels we followed the path through the fields. This bit runs alongside Great Langdale Beck.

Looking back towards The Band, and Crinkle Crags / Bow Fell under cloud.


After a very short section along the road, the path makes its way back down to the beck and onto Chapel Stile.

Chapel Stile.

A very broad looking Great Langdale Beck taken just outside Chapel Stile.

Back in Elterwater.

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Lake District Walks