21st July 2013

Grasmere, Elterwater, Skelwith Bridge and Loughrigg Tarn


Walk Overview
Time 11:30am to 4:00pm
Duration 4 hr 30 min
Distance 8.9 mile
Ascent 1100 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

There were two reasons for having a late start today. One was the weather which was set to be good all day, although much better in the afternoon. The other reason was me, or rather my reluctance to get up this morning. When we left home there wasn't a patch of blue sky to be seen yet by the time we got to Grasmere it was like this. Fantastic, another hot summer day and the opportunity to play outdoors.

Looking across a nice grassy meadow to Seat Sandal and Stone Arthur.

St Oswald's below Silver How.



This is part of the route over from Grasmere to Elterwater. A lovely enclosed section of path offering a little shade from the midday heat. I often wonder if this was the main route before the road was built over Red Bank.

Once you're out of the woods, the view really opens up and you're treated to this lovely scene. Absolutely magical.

Further on up the route and Dunmail Raise can be seen separating Steel Fell and Seat Sandal.

Looking across to Lingmoor Fell.

A little to the left and you see Elterwater and in the distance Wetherlam is looking rather hazy on the skyline.

It was hardly surprising that Elterwater was packed today.The pub was busy quenshing thirst and the guy selling ice cream was doing a decent trade offering people the chance to cool of for a little while. Jennifer thought it rude not to buy an ice cream after the guy had been good enough to bring them into the village.

Then, as we headed out of the village towards the lake, we almost had the place to ourselves. After all, why would anyone want to leave Elterwater when there's a perfectly good pub with an ice cream salesman on the opposite side of the road.


Elterwater countryside below Harrison Stickle and Pavey Ark.

Walking through the woods next to the lake.

This was a recurring scene on todays walk. Very few people we passed looked as though they were here specifically to do a walk. Everyone was simply enjoying the exceptional conditions.

River Brathay reflections.


Passing by Tarn Foot.

Loughrigg Tarn.

Following the track from Loughrigg Tarn to the Grasmere road.

We're spoiled for choice here, , , , Eeny, meeny, miny, moe choose an arrow and on you go.

A short walk through the roods took us from the road down to Loughrigg Terrace.

It looks like these folk have the right idea.

Loughrigg Terrace.

Grasmere seen from Loughrigg Terrace.

Not much water flowing over the weir today.

Parched fields on the outskirts of Grasmere. Up on the skyline are Seat Sandal and Stone Arthur.

More people taking it easy in the sunshine. This picture was taken from the bridge over the River Rothay, next to the church.

Grasmere National Trust shop. I always think the whole building would make a nice house if only I could pick it up, move it further from the road and put a wall and garden there.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks