12th January 2014

Great and Little Langdale


Walk Overview
Time 9:15am to 1:40pm
Duration 4 hr 25 min
Distance 8.7 mile
Ascent 1200 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Elterwater - Chapel Stile - New Bridge - Great Langdale - New Dungeon Gill - Rossett Bridge - Old Dungeon Gill - Blea Tarn - Little Langdale - Dale End - 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.


Weather Readings

The Gadget
All readings were taken using a Kestrel 2000 Weather Meter
Live temperature recorded at the time I press the hold key
Maximum Wind Speed Maximum wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location Average Wind Speed
Average wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location
Wind Chill
Combination of wind speed and temperature. The gadget does the calculations not me.

Route Map


Leaving Elterwater on what you could say was the perfect winters morning.

We'd just driven through a few areas of thick valley mist on the way here this morning so I was hoping we wouldn't turn up to find the place looking grey and miserable. Far from it as it turned out. This was just magical with the last remnants of the mist rising up and vanishing into thin air.

A view ahead to Chapel Stile.

On the roadside below the church is this trough built (??) to commemorate Queen Victoria's golden jubilee.

This is the old bridge at Chapel Stile which, despite its age, is still called New Bridge.

Great Langdale was lovely this morning. Frosty but not bone chilling, a few people about but not crowded, and for the time being at least, there was plenty of blue sky and sunshine to help show the place off at its very best.

A little further through the valley and, as with the previous picture, I'm looking towards the Langdale Pikes (Pike O'Stickle is missing because it's out of view).

A close up of Oak How.

A bridge, as you've probably worked out for yourselves.

From the bridge we head across the fields and onto the road through the valley.

Zooming in on Bow Fell.


From the point where the track joins the road you have this view through the valley towards Crinkle Crags, Bow Fell and the Langdale Pikes.


A view back along the track. I think I'm correct in saying this used to be the main route through the valley until the new road was built on slightly higher ground up there below the houses.

Great Langdale skyline.

Great Langdale Beck twisting and turning its way through the valley.


Middle Fell Farm.

Flooded fields in front of Crinkle Crags, The Band, Bow Fell and Rossett Pike.

Wall End Farm dwarfed by Crinkle Crags. I happened to mention that the farm looked really scruffy and they should make an effort to tidy up a bit. Jennifer said it wasn't scruffy, they just have a lot of stuff and nowhere to put it all. I think we both mean the same thing but we're wording it differently.

The unmistakable Langdale Pikes skyline seen from the zigzag path which takes you from Great Langdale up to the top of Blea Tarn Gap.

Just as predicted, the cloud moved across the area around midday but it didn't really take anything away from the walk. Anyway; after the lovely start we'd had to the day, complaining about a bit of cloud seems a bit petty.

Blea Tarn outflow looking towards the tarn.

And looking t'other way, Wetherlam can be seen in the distance.

This is one of the Lake District's classic views, looking over Blea Tarn to Side Pike and the Langdales beyond. This time Pike O'Stickle is in the picture. The rounded / pointed one on the left.

Looking through Blea Tarn Gap to the top of the Langdale Pikes.

A close up of Fell Foot Farm found at the bottom of Wrynose Pass or you could say it was at the foot of the fell.

and not so close up. On the skyline you have Wetherlam, Swirl How and Great Carrs.

The sign tells us we're in Little Langdale but we already knew that. What I didn't know until did a bit of research was that Little Langdale come from the Old Norse meaning 'long valley of the small plastic pigs'.
See, , , , I'm not as daft as you think I am !!

Little Langdale country lane.

Low Hall Garth reflected in Little Langdale Tarn.

A longer distance view through Little Langdale to Wet Side Edge Great Carrs, Swirl How and Wetherlam.

Wetherlam, seen from the top of the route between Little Langdale and Elterwater. I have an old book at home which calls this route Owlet Hill and although it's the only source I've heard it call it by that name I see no reason to doubt it.

As we descended to Elterwater a few mountain bikers overtook us. Some showed consideration to other folk by shouting to let us know they were there and also slowing down a little. Others, on the other hand, were completely selfish and assumed a) everyone can actually hear them, which we know is not the case, and b) the person travelling fastest has right of way.

The Britannia Inn in Elterwater.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks