9th September 2012

Something short and easy - A walk from Elterwater


Walk Overview
Time 08.30 to 11.00
Duration 2hr 30 min
Distance 5 mile
Ascent 600 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Walthwaite Bottom - High Close - Loughrigg Terrace - Loughrigg Tarn - Skelwith Bridge - Skelwith Force - Eltemere - Elterwater - 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

Two birds with one stone, , ,   , , , build a roadsign into the wall.

Fragile nature.
It's only when you've been out and about on a dew drenched morning like this that you actually realise the whole place must be literally crawling with spiders. Along the start of the route there were spiders webs on almost every blade of grass and every piece of bracken.

The nicest surprise this morning was the brief cloud inversion we saw over Grasmere and through here at Elterwater. It didn't last very long but thankfully it wasn't very thick so we were able to easily get above the cloud; albeit for a short length of time.

Looking back and into Great Langdale.

A days rest on Friday and Saturday and then something short and easy was needed today.
I hurt my foot a few weeks ago running to get out of the rain and I did 'something' to my back on Thursday. The foot isn't getting better quick enough so it needs rest. And as for the back, , , , well, bad backs are just a pain aren't they. Both at the same time and they seem to be playing against each other.

Isn't nature great ??

Rather than go straight to Loughrigg Tarn, we have a quick walk across to Loughrigg Terrace to catch a view of the cloud over Grasmere before it disappeared.

Grasmere reflections.
On the way home we noticed that the hotel down there is finally open again after years of renovation work. Don't laugh, but the hotel is now called The Daffodil Hotel. I mean this place huge and in MHO the name just doesn't seem right. The old name of The Prince of Wales Hotel was much more suitable.

Looking across Loughrigg Terrace.

Doubling back through Deerbolts Wood.

The mist was almost gone out of the valley by now. By the time we got there it had gone completely.

Looking across to Oaks.


A view over Loughrigg Tarn.
The fells on the right are the Langdale Pikes.

Loughrigg Fell taken from the track above Loughrigg Tarn.



Skelwith Bridge, bridge.

Need a new worktop in your kitchen? Then take your pick from this lot.

Skelwith Force isn't very high, but the attraction is the amount of water flowing through such a small gap.

This morning early sunshine had all but gone now but the River Brathay was still giving us some lovely reflections.

It's a bit misleading to say you've been for a walk along the side of Elter Water when you only really walk next to the lake for about 10 yards. Having said that, those couple of yards do give a nice view across to the Langdales.

Back in Elterwater now and I can't resist taking a picture of this cottage.

The Britannia Inn, Elterwater
And that's all for today folks.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks