6th June 2015

Visiting the Lake District Tarns - Walk 50

Little Langdale Tarn and Greenburn Reservoir

Time 6 to 9am
Duration 3 hr
Distance 8.1 mile
Ascent 1400 ft
Walking with On my own
Elterwater - Elterwater Hall - Dale End - Little Langdale Tarn - Slater Bridge - Low Hall Garth - High Hall Garth - Greenburn Mines - Greenburn Reservoir - Greenburn Mines - Bridge End - Little Langdale road - Dale End - Elterwater Hall - 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


Because I set off walking at 6am, Elterwater was silent and the streets were deserted as I passed through this morning. It would have been nice to have been setting off at this hour to beat the heat of the day but on this occasion I set off early to beat the worst of the forecasted gale force winds and rain.


I follow the rough track linking Elterwater with Little Langdale. I have a 1913 book at home which is all about driving in Lakeland and this route over here is referred to as Owlet Hill.


Not quite the brightest summer morning I've ever been walking on.

Looking ahead to Wetherlam, Swirl How and Great Carrs. I'm heading to the place currently lit up by the sunshine; just right of centre.

Looking back along the lane for a picture of Dale End Farm.

A close up of Little Langdale Tarn.

and not so close up.

Slater Bridge is crossed and as always, it just screams at to to take a photograph or two.

On t'other side of Little Langdale is Lingmoor Fell.

Low Hall Garth.



Turning on to the higher path, rather than continuing to Bridge End, I make my way into Greenburn. It looks a lot further than it actually is. Only 20 minutes from here to the mine ruins.

Greenburn Mine ruins.


It's not far from the mines to the tarn but you need to cross some soggy ground to get there.

Greenburn Reservoir (tarn).

This is the longer of the two dams keeping the tarn in place.

and this is part of the shorter section of dam.

There wasn't half a gusty wind blowing through here. I'm less then 1000ft ASL and I got a maximum wind speed reading of just under 40mph. Time to make a move and carry on walking.

Retracing my route out of Greenburn.


There was lots of cloud activity going on up there today. Constantly moving and causing the rays of sunshine to race across the valley.

Here I look across to Blake Rigg and through Blea Tarn Gap to the Langdale Pikes.

Bridge End.

Sunshine quickly passes over Fell Foot. Behind is Blake Rigg which only seconds earlier was also lit up by the sun.



A long distance view back through Little Langdale.

Now all that remained was for me to make my way back into Elterwater and, although it wasn't even 9 o'clock in the morning I'd already manages a three hour walk through the lovely valley of Little Langdale. As you'd expect, I didn't see anyone else until I was almost back in Elterwater.

Blimey, it's an Al Jolson look a like.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks