9th December 2012

Blowing a gale in Little Langdale and Great Langdale


Walk Overview
Time 09.50 to 14.00
Duration 4 hr 10 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

I must get one of these to put outside our house. I'm sick of people trampling over our tennis court.

This is about as steep as it gets on this walk and although it may be be quite rough under foot, in no time at all you're, , , ,

, , , , on the highest section of the route between Elterwater and Little Langdale where Wetherlam comes into view.


Little Langdale Tarn in front of Wetherlam, Swirl How and Great Carrs.

That's me trying and failing to blend in with the fence posts while I take a picture of Lingmoor fell.

Little Langdale Tarn's outflow.

A little way down stream from the tarn you find Slater Bridge. Possibly the most picturesque and traditional looking of all the bridges in the Lake District.

Low Hall Garth.

and High Hall Garth.

A sort of close up picture of the Langdale Pikes seen behind Blea Tarn Gap.

Making our way to Bridge End and the Little Langdale road (both out of the picture on the right).

Just about to cross Fell Foot Bridge.
Again, the Langdale Pikes can be seen behind Blea Tarn Gap.

A view across to Wetherlam, Swirl How and Great Carrs, taken from the road leading up to Blea Tarn.

Gaining height on the road over Blea Tarn Gap.

Blea Tarn looked a bit choppy today but it doesn't tell the whole story. It was quite difficult to stand still when I took this picture and as we reached the opposite side of the tarn the wind was more like you'd expect at the top of Helvellyn or somewhere.

One of Lakelands classic views; Blea Tarn in front of Side Pike and the Langdale Pikes.

Zooming in on Harrison Stickle and Pavey Ark.

I know it was forecast to be windy today, but I really didn't expect it to be this bad along here. A couple of times we were stopped in our tracks by sudden gusts. I dread to think what it was like up on the fells today.

Time to get out of the wind and back down to valley level.

Looking down to Middle Fell Farm and the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel.

A view towards Crinkle Crags, Bow Fell and Rossett Pike. The short valley on the left is Oxendale with Mickleden across there on the right.

I spotted these on the walk into the camp site and it wasn't until I was a bit closer that I realised they were made out of tin sheeting. It must be hard work trying to sleep in one if it was raining.

Middle Fell Farm.

Bow Fell behind the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel.


A close up of Crinkle Crags. Only the foolish would have been up there in today's wind.

Great Langdale, what a lovely spot.

Looking back through Great Langdale.

"Would you like me to look after your purse while you're in the shop"
"Errrrr, , , no thanks, I'll take it in with me"

You have to admit it was worth a try.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks