6th April 2012

Elterwater and Loughrigg Tarn from Grasmere


Walk Overview
Time 10.30 to 14.45
Duration 4 hr 15 min
Distance 9.1 mile
Ascent 1200 ft
Walking with Jennifer
A591 - Grasmere - Hunting Stile - Elterwater - Eltermere - Skelwith Bridge - Loughrigg Tarn - 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

Good Friday on the A591 and it doesn't look too busy at all. When we got back it was a different story altogether. I sat here for what felt like ages waiting for a gap in the traffic.

Helm Crag.

Passing by the National Trust shop in Grasmere.

Grasmere, seen from the roadside just outside the village.

Looking across Grasmere to Stone Arthur, Great Rigg and Heron Pike.

It's a bit rough underfoot for a little while but this lane still makes for a nice walk. I suspect this could have been the main route over to Red Bank and High Close in the past. It seems a bit too substantial for a track which these days just takes you onto the fellside.

A view back showing Grasmere, Seat Sandal, Great Rigg and Stone Arthur.

The route over Hunting Stile offers a quick and easy walk from Grasmere to Elterwater. It keeps you off the road for most of the way and the views are great considering you don't gain much height.
This picture was taken looking back towards Grasmere and Dunmail Raise.

and this one was taken on the walk down the other side towards Elterwater.
The fell above the village and the quarry is Lingmoor Fell and the one over on the left is Wetherlam.

Cottages on the outskirts of Elterwater.

and the inside of the village.


Between Elterwater and Skelwith Bridge the path follows the River Brathay. This is a lovely area to walk through so it's no wonder this is always a popular route with families, couples, singles, cyclists and us two.


Woodburn Bridge.

Lunch guests.


Tarn Foot.
The sign on the gate is offering a £5,000 reward for a dog that was stolen. Needless to say I've been keeping a sharp look out since I read the sign.


Loughrigg Tarn. The Langdales can be seen in the distance.


The How.
I'd recommend you walk across here some day, just to see the fantastic view they get from here.

Continuing past The How, we make our way to the road.
That's Oaks on the left and the Langdales in the distance.

Looking back to Loughrigg Tarn.

Heading down to Loughrigg Terrace.

Loughrigg Terrace - it may be a bank holiday but where are all the people.

Grasmere seen from Loughrigg Terrace.
That's rain over there and it's slowly working its way towards us. On the last ten minutes of the walk we had a few spots of rain and once I'd driven a few hundred yards it rained the whole way home.

This is the path from Loughrigg Terrace down to the weir end of Grasmere.

Walking through Deerbolts Wood.

Silver How on the opposite side of Grasmere.

Well this certainly was a Good Friday, , , , , Jennifer likes shopping, so she did. I'm happy to stand outside, so I did. Everything in the shop was half price and everything in the bag was for me.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks